Undocumented Immigrant Blanca Morales Receives Harvard Medical School Full Scholarship
Blanca Morales, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, has received a full scholarship from the Harvard Medical School. The student, who graduated as class valedictorian in high school and also earned her pre-med degree at the University of California Irvine with top honors, is just one of the many migrants benefiting from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that President Barack Obama signed a bill in 2012.
ABC 7 reports that Blanca Morales came to the United States with her family when she was just 5 years old. But she has yet to obtain citizenship, thus, she remains with undocumented status. Although she is covered by DACA, which allows her to go to school and get work, being undocumented made her unavailable to apply for student loan.
Fortunately, Harvard Medical School is stepping up and to cover her medical studies. According to Breitbart, tuition at this prestigious school can amount to over $62,000 a year. With her admission, Blanca Morales becomes the first health scholar studying medicine under DACA. Her college success story is making waves for the Obama administration and the Democrats, in its bid to support the migrants.
Blanca Morales, who is already married, is now working to process her green card along with her husband and intends to serve as a doctor in Santa Ana, California, where she grew up.
"[Santa Ana] Gave me so much in terms of education and encouragement and education and opportunities," she said in the ABC 7 report. "I want to be able to return some of that."
However, her case also highlights how millions of immigrants are taking jobs and opportunities off American professionals. In a separate report, Breitbart underscored how the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) received almost seven million applications in 2014 alone, including DACA applications. This has pushed stringent processing of U.S. visa for those seeking to legally study or work in the country.