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UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine has recently accepted several undocumented students into their medical program. Many undocumented youth were brought into the U.S. by their parents without documentation when they were children.  However, they have grown up in the U.S. and are American in every sense except on paper. A recent executive action called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) allows undocumented immigrants who arrived as children and graduated from a U.S. high school to stay in the country without fear of deportation. DACA also gives them work authorization and a social security number. It is not citizenship, but it allows these students to work legally in the U.S. and to pursue higher education. Unfortunately, DACA does not allow undocumented students to take out federal loans for higher education, leaving graduate school out of reach for most. Undocumented medical students at UCLA have received generous institutional support, however they are still each about $30,000 short to cover their tuition and living expenses each year.