Target: Dean Linda Brubaker and Mark Kuczewski
Goal: Commend Loyola University Chicago for allowing undocumented immigrants to apply to its medical school.
Loyola University Chicago has recently become the first college in the country to allow undocumented immigrants to apply to its medical school. Not only will Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine waive the requirement of legal residency for its admissions process, but the school also plans to assist students in receiving financial aid from the Illinois Finance Authority. Dean Linda Brubaker and Mark Kuczewski, director of the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics, made the decision in response to President Obama’s signing of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012. The DACA program allows young people brought to the country as children to receive a two year renewable work permit.
Loyola’s landmark decision ultimately treats the applications of undocumented immigrants in the same manner as applicants with citizenship status; the school is not adjusting admission slots in favor of undocumented students. The new policy will allow undocumented young adults who are otherwise qualified to access opportunities that would not only better their own lives, but to contribute to larger society. The medical field will no longer be denied intelligent, talented individuals from practicing medicine, benefiting patients—especially the growing aging population–and our nation as a global competitor in the healthcare industry.
Loyola’s decision will help further the goals of the growing movement for immigration reform, especially for the undocumented young people who have lived in the country for most of their lives but have limited education and career opportunities. Sign the petition below to commend Loyola for allowing undocumented students access to an education in medicine.
Dear Dean Linda Brubaker and Mr. Mark Kuczewski,
Loyola University Chicago’s recent decision to grant undocumented immigrants the ability to be accepted into the Stritch School of Medicine is commendable. The new policy will open doors for young people whose only limitation for being accepted into medical school is their lack of citizenship documentation. The school’s plans to assist students in receiving financial aid only further demonstrates Loyola’s commitment to its students regardless of their immigration status.
As the country’s first medical school to openly accept undocumented students’ applications, Loyola has set an excellent example for other educational institutions. Some may criticize your choice as too sympathetic or preferential, but in reality it is only helping talented young adults access opportunities that will benefit their individual lives and the larger society. We share in your hope that Loyola will not be the last university to make this landmark decision.
Loyola is contributing to a future where smart, driven young people are able to fulfill their potential without living in fear of being exiled from the place they’ve called home most of their lives, and a future where those individuals can make a positive contribution to our country. Your individual bravery in making this decision is only out-shined by the courage of undocumented young people who continue to work incredibly hard despite the unfair limitations of the U.S. immigration policy.
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