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I Played by the Rules on Immigration. Why Is the U.S. Making It So Hard for Me to Become a Doctor?
Daily Signal ^ | 7/28/2014 | Brandon Macknofsky

Posted on 07/28/2014 2:34:33 AM PDT by markomalley

Fifteen years ago, when I was 6, my parents and I moved to the United States from Canada, where I was born. Since moving to this great country, I have attended elementary, middle and high school in Coral Springs, Fla., and I’m currently pursuing a bachelor degree in biological sciences and pre-med at Florida Atlantic University.

I’m also a “non-resident alien,” meaning I was able to stay in the United States first under a visa because of my father’s job and now thanks to a student visa. But because of my status as a non-resident alien, I have paid out-of-state tuition during my time at Florida Atlantic.

Even under the new law signed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott—which grants in-state tuition to students living illegally in the United States—I’m left paying out-of-state rates.

How can someone who is living in the United States illegally get a tuition break but I get penalized for doing things legally?

My father has been on a nonimmigrant NAFTA professional visa as part of his job for 15 years. He personifies a typical hard-working American citizen. He has paid his taxes in the United States and has worked feverishly as a computer consultant but could not be sponsored for a green card until recently, when he was hired as a full-time employee.

Upon receiving the news he’s now being sponsored for a green card, I was ecstatic for my father and also excited that I would be able to attend medical school in the United States.


L-R Marcie, Brandon, Jeffrey, Amber (Photo: Marcie Macknofsky)

My feeling quickly changed, though, when I learned that even though my father was able to “grandfather” both my mother and sister on his green card, I would be excluded since I turned 21 on Dec. 20, 2013. I already have aged out. (I also have a 5-year-old U.S.-born brother.)

Now, I find it is nearly impossible to become a physician and attend medical school in the United States. I cannot go to a state medical school as I am considered an international student, despite my extensive education and residency in the United States.

I’ve considered alternatives, such as attending a private university. But few will accept a student without a green card. And without a green card or an American co-signer, I cannot obtain any sort of scholarship or student loan being a Canadian citizen. Without a loan, I can’t afford the cost of tuition for medical school.

At Florida Atlantic University, I have a 3.87 GPA, tutor for biochemistry and work up to 10-hour shifts as a hospital emergency room physician scribe a few times a week. At a time when the United States is facing a shortage of doctors, I’m committed to a career in medicine. I’ve been so grateful for the opportunities in life that I hope I can give back to my community through medicine.

I believe that being a doctor is a calling to me as I wish to help others in the way that physicians have helped me. From being hit by a truck when I was in high school to saving one of my best friend’s life from lung cancer at the age of 19, what doctors do on a daily basis is sheerly incomprehensible, and all I want to have is the opportunity to follow my version of the American dream.

For the past 15 years, I’ve come to call the United States my home. I consider myself an American in every way, and I hope that one day, I’ll become a citizen. In the meantime, though, I hope our nation’s leaders will remember those of us who are following a legal path to citizenship and at least level the playing field for us.


TOPICS: Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: aliens

1 posted on 07/28/2014 2:34:33 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

You’re a white male.


2 posted on 07/28/2014 2:39:51 AM PDT by Cololeo
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To: markomalley

If he were brown skinned, he would be immune from any and all immigration laws and rules. I am being somewhat sarcastic, but not much.


3 posted on 07/28/2014 2:39:59 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: markomalley

He’s White.


4 posted on 07/28/2014 2:40:12 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: markomalley

It is amazing how screwed up our non-system of immigration is. It is also amazing that anything the government will do about will only make things worse.

Great society we have here, play by the rules and get punished at every turn.


5 posted on 07/28/2014 2:41:04 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: markomalley

Can you swim? If so, a short visit to northern Mexico and a few strokes across the Rio Grande should resolve your problem.


6 posted on 07/28/2014 2:42:27 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: markomalley

A name change would be helpful, too.


7 posted on 07/28/2014 2:47:29 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: markomalley

Don’t bother with the rules just say you’re an “undocumented” immigrant.
All Americans should do the same to get in state tuition. If the college tries to punish sue them for discrimination.


8 posted on 07/28/2014 2:48:31 AM PDT by RginTN
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To: Fresh Wind

He could get married. If it’s to another man, he’s in for sure.


9 posted on 07/28/2014 2:59:29 AM PDT by j. earl carter
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To: Cololeo

If he spoke Spanish and could offer the certain promise he would be a burden on our entitlement system throughout his life (meaning he’s be cinch Democrat voter), he’d be in like Flynn.


10 posted on 07/28/2014 3:03:02 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: markomalley

He’ll be lucky if he isn’t deported for the crime of speaking out against the Regime.


11 posted on 07/28/2014 3:16:33 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: markomalley
Even under the new law signed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott—which grants in-state tuition to students living illegally in the United States—I’m left paying out-of-state rates.

That should have been your first sign of trouble, dude. I'm not sure why anyone dealing with that kind of idiocy would have any interest in going to medical school here in the U.S.

Do yourself a favor and go back to Canada for medical school. If you're going to end up working in an over-regulated, dysfunctional field like medicine, you might decide that you like it better up there anyway.

12 posted on 07/28/2014 3:16:38 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("What in the wide, wide world of sports is goin' on here?")
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To: markomalley

A great sob story which we hear so often after someone has lived here illegally or overstaying their visa (whatever) for decades.

Simple solution is to go to University in Canada where he is citizen.


13 posted on 07/28/2014 3:22:21 AM PDT by beachn4fun (Guns are not the problem. People are. Forget the magazine...check your attitude.)
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To: markomalley

Learn to pick lettuce, gringo.


14 posted on 07/28/2014 3:29:46 AM PDT by dinodino
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To: markomalley

Back of the line cracker.


15 posted on 07/28/2014 3:38:04 AM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: Alberta's Child

He could just claim to be a lesbian trapped on a man’s body ... And maybe throw in a little beasties pity for good measure. I’m sure the Democrats must have an app for that.


16 posted on 07/28/2014 3:48:39 AM PDT by The Duke ("Forgiveness is between them and God, it's my job to arrange the meeting.")
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To: Cololeo

...”You’re a white male.”...

And, you are too committed, Dear. You are way too legal. You might, as a physician, object to bureaucrats and the IRS telling you how to treat patients if you practice in the US. You must worship your dictator and the thought police. Also, your government and the media may suspect that you are a racist because you do things legally and you have while skin. You just do not fit the “pogram.” Welcome to the “Brave New World.”


17 posted on 07/28/2014 3:53:34 AM PDT by jazzlite (esat)
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To: markomalley

His problem is that he’s not an MS-13 gang member. That’s a fast track ticket into the country.


18 posted on 07/28/2014 4:11:26 AM PDT by Old Yeller (Truth is the enemy of our dysfunctional government.)
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To: markomalley

I guess it’s preferable to have “Doctors” with the correct pigmentation and accent that would potentially amputate the wrong limb and leave a few metal instruments inside you post-surgery, than hard working & studious native “western” doctors?

Welcome to Obamaland!


19 posted on 07/28/2014 4:32:49 AM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal (Bible Summary in a few verses: John 14:6, John 6:29, Romans 10:9-10)
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To: markomalley

Figure out how to become a citizen or go to school in Canada.


20 posted on 07/28/2014 4:36:43 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: markomalley

I greatly sympathize! But for Pete’s sake he and his family have high IQs and should have taken care of this years ago before he was 21. Should have had an immigration lawyer on the case years ago and paid him the lousy $5000-$7000 (In installments if necessary) to take care of his (Brandon’s) status. They should have known that he was going to be screwed this way

How about Med School in Canada where Brandon is a citizen?


21 posted on 07/28/2014 4:45:31 AM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: Neidermeyer
Back of the line cracker.

Viva Mexico!
Y El Salvador!
Y Guatemala!
Y Honduras!
Screw you white boy!

22 posted on 07/28/2014 4:47:59 AM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: markomalley

I wonder how he and his family votes?


23 posted on 07/28/2014 4:57:25 AM PDT by albie
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To: markomalley

Just explain that you are a refugee fleeing a repressive government.......ours!


24 posted on 07/28/2014 4:58:26 AM PDT by Lockbox
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To: albie
I wonder how he and his family votes?

I would hope, since they are only Green Card holders, that they don't vote at all.

25 posted on 07/28/2014 5:03:50 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: beachn4fun

You got that right.


26 posted on 07/28/2014 5:13:15 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian
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To: markomalley

Sob story.
Follow the law.

If you are not a US Citizen, you are not a US Citizen.
Go back to Canada and go to school there.
Overstaying a visa or “timing out” makes you a law breaker.

We have enough illegal-alien lawbreakers as it is,
or am I being redundant?


27 posted on 07/28/2014 5:17:36 AM PDT by Macoozie (1) Win the Senate 2) Repeal Obamacare 3) Impeach Roberts)
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To: markomalley
As far as I'm concerned, fill the university class rooms with American kids first then if there are any seats left, give them out to the foreigners........

My nephew had to wait a year before he could get into University of Michigan's med school because of the greenies who were accepted ahead of him.........

28 posted on 07/28/2014 5:21:58 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (By now, everyone should know that you shoot a zombie in the head. Don't try to reason with them...)
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To: beachn4fun

Except he never was illegal, so I have sympathy for his sob story.


29 posted on 07/28/2014 6:00:24 AM PDT by impimp
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To: impimp

1, You’re white
2, You speak English
3, You probably vote “conservative”


30 posted on 07/28/2014 6:07:01 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: Macoozie

Reread the article. He’s not here illegally. He hasn’t overstayed a visa.


31 posted on 07/28/2014 6:23:19 AM PDT by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: Macoozie
His point is that the law is stupid.

Congress and the mob of “faceless bureaucrats” have created a system so that one cannot wade through the “legal” way of becoming a citizen.

32 posted on 07/28/2014 6:23:44 AM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: markomalley

In the progressive left’s caste system, victim hood is everything. A legal English speaking cis-gendered, heterosexual, white male immigrant will always fall near the bottom if the caste structure. The undocumented transgendered lesbian Latina immigrant will be near the top of the caste structure.


33 posted on 07/28/2014 6:39:42 AM PDT by magellan
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To: markomalley
It's obvious. White boys can't jump...

If this guy were smart, he would head to Mexico, hire a coyote for $7,000, and get into the USA the easy way. Then he would be home free and in medical school with free or in-state tuition inside of six months. He could also get welfare and food stamps. But that's no big deal. Anybody can do that.

34 posted on 07/28/2014 6:49:16 AM PDT by Gritty (Obama's governing as president of a Latin American republic, where only the president matters-MSteyn)
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To: j. earl carter
Yup. Spend thousands of dollars for citizenship, 20k for a green card, or just find some nice girl.

A colleague of mine is in this situation. After her VISA renewal fiasco she suddenly got VERY interested in getting married. Just got engaged.
35 posted on 07/28/2014 7:55:37 AM PDT by DarkSavant
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To: Truth29

Will never happen.


36 posted on 07/28/2014 9:49:02 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: impimp
Except he never was illegal, so I have sympathy for his sob story.

Yeah, but why did it take them 15 years to decide to become an American?

37 posted on 07/29/2014 3:11:50 AM PDT by beachn4fun (Guns are not the problem. People are. Forget the magazine...check your attitude.)
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To: beachn4fun

Transferring from some types of Visas to a green card and then to citizenship is full of risks. For example, if you try to apply for a green card from a nafta visa could wind up with you being denied entry to the US. I would bet nafta was involved in this case.


38 posted on 07/29/2014 12:12:50 PM PDT by impimp
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