Eli Cortes fixes a bathroom with his father, Jose, at a house in Marina del Rey. Eli lost his job at a restaurant when the coronavirus pandemic started and his father needed his help on a project. Eli says people haven't stoped calling his dad to come fix things during the pandemic. He feels they are putting their health on the line but he also feels good to be an essential worker and serve the community.
Eli Yhareth Cortes Lopanze, 26, came to the USA when he was almost two from the small town of Tepiapulco, Mexico. When he was young he wanted to be an astronaut, he studied French, accounting and finally decided to study Political Science with emphasis on Public Policy at Cal State Northridge. He grew up in Korea Town, and believes this country should celebrate diversity. ''We are stuck like in a prison because we can't leave this country.'' Eli wants to work in politics, eventually he wants to become a governor, senator or cabinet position ''I would love to be president of the USA but I can't!''
If Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) ends and he sees there is no future here for him, he would go back to Mexico and pursue something in politics over there. ''If they (US government) don't want me here it is their loss, we are overachievers, extraordinary people and we give so much to this country, we went to school and we are trained.''