Elias Soto Sanchez’s chief concern as an ambulance carried him north to a hospital in San Antonio was not his broken right foot — it was his wife.
“You cannot go with me,” Blanca Soto recalled her husband saying when he phoned from the ambulance.
The couple has raised three children while living in the border city of Brownsville, Texas, for 13 years since crossing illegally from their native Mexico. They've done their best to stay in the Rio Grande Valley near the border and avoid the Border Patrol checkpoint here on the highway north.
But when Soto, 48, fell and broke his foot last Dec. 4, a local doctor said he needed to see a specialist for...