The fundamental reason that I was accepted into an MD-PhD program is because I was given a chance. And yet at one point in my visa application process, the chance of obtaining legal residence became non-existent.
Here's a story that stands in stark contrast to Donald Trump's troubled depiction of undocumented individuals in America. As a child Rafael Agustin Guerrero was brought to California from Ecuador by his parents.
National Immigration Reform is the hope that Nestor and thousands of other undocumented students hang on to. They hope that one day it will allow them to be more visible and start giving back to the society that raised them.
With so much back and forth on the issue, it will be up to both Democrats and Republicans to come together and ensure that this is a victory for both Florida and undocumented youth, not their political parties.
The Dreamers have reminded us what being an American and living the American Dream is all about. They did so by freeing themselves of the fear of being undocumented and then freeing us to consider anew what defines us as a people.
No longer can we let our brightest minds languish and the work of our K-12 educators go the waste. We have the power to write the next chapter in this country's history. Let's give every child that calls our nation home a path to college.
The undocumented students I know are motivated and want to better themselves and their communities, so why should they struggle because of immigration status -- because they weren't lucky enough to be born in the U.S.?