My name is Cesar Montelongo and I am an undocumented medical student. I was born in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico yet due to the violence in this city, my family immigrated to the United States when I was ten years old. I lived in Las Cruces, New Mexico for over fifteen years and attended New Mexico State University, where I received three Bachelor degrees and a Masters in Biology. My dream is to become a physician and improve access to health care for undocumented immigrants and underserved patients in this nation.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) changed my life and allowed me to apply to medical school. I was admitted to the MD-PhD program at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, the first school to openly admit DACA students. Despite being on a track to soon become a physician, like many DACA recipients I find myself with no clear path to obtain legal residence in this nation.