On the coronary heart of the American Dream: DACA recipient heads to Harvard Medical College


CONCORD, Calif. (KGO) — Faculty graduations are happening all through the nation. Whereas there are a lot of encouraging tales, there’s one that’s particularly coronary heart warming.

From crossing america and Mexico border as a baby to enrolling in medical faculty at Harvard College, Juan Rivera of Harmony is an inspiration.

The targets, the motivation and the prize, Juan Rivera has had all of them.

His story begins in Mexico.

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“My mother left Mexico with my step dad after I was two years previous,” Rivera mentioned.

They got here to reside in Harmony. His mom noticed the worth of a school training and advised Rivera to assume huge.

“My mother would at all times say whenever you develop up you are going to Harvard. I used to be at all times pushing it apart and saying oh certain, not going to occur, however ha, ha,” Rivera laughed.

His mother says she would consistently inform him he was going to be her physician, Dr. Luis Rivera.

Proper after highschool, he grew to become a DACA recipient referred to as a “Dreamer” which permits undocumented younger adults who entered this nation as kids to remain and work right here.

He graduated from UC Berkeley in 2017 and final yr deferred medical faculty to assist counsel immigrant college students.

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“I assume now on this entire anti-immigrant setting that we reside in, I made a decision I needed to do one thing throughout my hole yr that was going to be significant,” he defined.

Then got here the decision he was ready for. Mother was working as a home cleaner.

“I believe I’ll go to Harvard and she or he mentioned, hey I am scrubbing bathrooms proper now, however I am actually glad that you’re deciding to do this. It was a really bittersweet second to listen to that,” mentioned Rivera holding again the tears.

Stepping into Harvard’s Medical College is an enormous deal. Greater than 6,800 college students utilized and solely 208 have been accepted, that is about three %. Of that quantity, two are Dreamers.

Mother was at all times proper.

“I used to be like, Okay, let’s do that,” he advised us as he walked off into his new life.

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