“Can we build walls?” asks Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa. “Sure, we’re gonna build walls. Can we make ’em taller? Sure, we can make ’em taller? Would that be a solution? As long as there’s poverty, and as long as people are dying of hunger in other places, it’s human nature. They will try to find better ways.”
Alfredo speaks from experience. On his 19th birthday, he clawed to the top of a 16-foot border fence and jumped — illegally – into the US. When he first arrived, he worked as a migrant laborer, picking vegetables for $22-dollars a day and living under an old camper top in the middle of a California field.
Now, the nameplate on his door at Johns Hopkins Medical center in Baltimore says Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, one of the best brain surgeons in the world.