Loyola University’s DACA Students Get National Exposure On CBS Show

Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: A screenshot of a CBS This Morning segment, which aired on Jan. 11, featuring students at Loyola’s medical school in Maywood who are DACA recipients, like Cesar Montelongo (pictured above). 

Cesar Montelongo, a medical student at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, told CBS This Morning that he’s afraid of “footsteps outside of my door.”

Montelongo, 28, is the “first undocumented immigrant to pursue his Ph.D. and M.D.” Loyola’s medical school, CBS reports. But the Mexican native, who was raised in New Mexico, worries “that immigration agents could detain him at any moment.”

Montelongo’s story, as well as the larger plight of Loyola’s 32 students who are pursuing their medical training in Maywood because of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

DACA, policy enacted in 2012 under former president Barack Obama, allowed some undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as minors to receive a two-year period of deferred action, in which the government would not deport them, and the opportunity to get a work permit.

With President Donald Trump expected to let the policy expire permanently in March, the futures of students like Montelongo have become much more uncertain.

Loyola’s medical school factors prominently in this national issue because the institution was the first medical school to formally start accepting DACA recipients in 2014, largely owing to the work of Dr. Mark Kuczewski — a professor of medical ethics at Stritch, who also serves as director of its Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and chair of the Department of Medical Education.

Watch the CBS This Morning segment, which aired on Jan. 11, here. VFP

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