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Durbin highlights medical student’s story in Senate

February 6, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois has been on the Senate floor this week, sharing stories of students enrolled at Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine.

It’s the first medical school in the country to openly accept students in President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. DACA halted the deportation of immigrants brought to the United States as children.

Everardo Arias has been able to study medicine at Loyola because of the DACA program. He was brought to the United States from Mexico when he was 7 years old. A high school counselor told him he had no chance of becoming a doctor, because he was “undocumented.”

Durbin says the DACA program allowed Arias to pursue his dream. He’s a first-year medical student at Loyola.

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