BY ISN STAFF | September 29, 2017

On Tuesday, September 5, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration would end the DACA program within six months.

The Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University Chicago has been on the forefront of support, admission, and matriculation of DACA medical students, and in 2014 became the first medical school in the U.S. to admit DACA recipients, welcoming seven students with this status into the class of 2018.

In a sign of solidarity with their peers who are DACA recipients, numerous current Stritch School of Medicine student organizations published a public letter in support of Loyola University Chicago’s commitment to accepting undocumented students.

Students at Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine show their support for the Dream Act of 2017, legislation that would provide conditional residency and a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients, including over 30 students studying medicine at Stritch.

“It is inspiring as an educator at Loyola to see how the Ignatian ethos resonates with the students, “ said Mark G. Kuczewski, professor of Medical Ethics, chair of the Department of Medical Education, and director of the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics & Health Policy at Loyola University Chicago. “They genuinely seem to find God in each other and naturally reach out in solidarity with those threatened by marginalization.”

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