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BONUS EPISODE: Work Hard, Graduate College, Become an MD, Be Deported

BONUS EPISODE: Work Hard, Graduate College, Become an MD, Be Deported

In this bonus episode, Michele and Igor sit down with two DACA recipients whose medical careers will be in jeopardy unless Congress acts.

The government will shut down at midnight on Friday if Congress cannot pass a spending bill before then. These discussions will involve important negotiations on immigration and the potential for the Dream Act to be included in the bill. On this bonus episode, two Dreamers—both medical students who are close to receiving their medical licenses—share their experiences of being brought to the U.S. as young children; they recount the hard work that got them into prestigious medical programs and what will happen to them if the Dream Act is not passed before President Donald Trump’s March 5 deadline.

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Michele Jawando is a vice president at the Center for American Progress. Igor Volsky is a vice president at the Center. Sally Tucker is the radio coordinator for Communications at the Center. Rachel Rosen is the senior director of Broadcast Communications at the Center.

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Michele L. Jawando

Vice President

Igor Volsky

Vice President

Sally Tucker

Broadcast Coordinator

Rachel Rosen

Senior Director, Broadcast Communications