He's already traveled across the country twice, landing in Montana, where a friend got him a job in construction. And he's learned a few things about the immigration system along the way.
"I'm undocumented," he says in Spanish, "but I'm not illegal."
The 40-year-old Venezuelan crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally in September near Eagle Pass, Texas on foot and with few possessions: His passport, a cellphone and a change of clothes. He turned himself in to the United States Border Patrol, and was released into the U.S. a few days later.
Albornoz doesn't have a work permit. But he does have permission to be in the U.S. temporarily, which protects him from deportation.
Photographed for NPR, with words by Joel Rose and Marisa Peñaloza.The U.S. admitted thousands of Venezuelan migrants. Many are now stuck in legal limbo
Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelan migrants have been released into the U.S. Now many are stuck in a complicated legal limbo: They're legally present for now, but unable to work lawfully.