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DACA: High Court ruling could squash dreams of becoming a doctor



Ashley C. Parrish

Ashley C. Parrish

Among the Democrats running for president, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said she will defend DACA and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has said he supports DACA and DAPA, and plans to expand them if elected.

Conversely, presumed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has indicated he would rescind DACA and related programs if elected.

After spending most of her life terrified of deportation, Ms. Rojas Marquez said she is not wasting time worrying about the Supreme Court’s decision or whether the next president will overturn the policy. She is keeping her studies foremost in her mind and the goal of becoming a doctor firmly in her heart.

“I have always lived with what-ifs,” she said. “This time around, I’m not going to be living in fear of the removing of DACA, because I wouldn’t have made it this far if I always lived in fear. My plan is no matter what happens, I’m going to finish medical school, and from there, I pray that I will be able to practice in the U.S.”

The Supreme Court is expected to issue its decision by June.

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