White Coats, Gray Future


NEW YORK – Denisse Rojas Marquez said without an immigration plan that the Obama administration released three years ago, granting her temporary residential status in the United States, she would not be in medical school today.

Marquez was honored on Sept. 17 at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in the class of 2019’s White Coat Ceremony, a traditional welcoming event in which first-year medical students recite an oath and are given white doctor’s coats by notable members of the school’s faculty. Marquez and her fellow student, Jamil Reja, are the school’s first undocumented students ever to receive white coats. With uncertain futures, Marquez and Reja both say they hope to continue learning and eventually practicing medicine in the U.S. While their stories are unique – as not every undocumented person is able to receive higher education – Marquez and Reja said their upbringings are relatable for the estimated 11.3 million immigrants living in the United States without official citizenship.

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New Report Says Growing Asian Immigrant Population

While presidential candidate Donald Trump leads the Republican polls advocating for the construction of a wall between Mexico and the United States, a new Pew Research Center poll shows that Mexican immigration is actually decreasing while Asian immigration is growing more quickly.

The report shows that since 2007, the U.S. has seen more immigration from Asian countries such as China and India than it has seen from Latin America. By 2065, Asians will make up 16 percent of the population, according to Jeffrey Passel, a senior demographer at the Pew Research Center. While the Hispanic population is projected to still be larger than the Asian population in 2065, Asian immigration will continue to grow more quickly. Passel said Mexican immigration has been decreasing since 2007 while  Asian immigration has been increasing steadily over the last 40 years. Passel said he projects the two will intersect by 2065. Continue reading “New Report Says Growing Asian Immigrant Population”

Trump Comments Spark International Conversation

On a sunny Wednesday lunch break at 40 Wall Street, New Yorkers step outside for a smoke or to grab something to eat, while tourists walk by gawking and snapping photographs of the 72-story skyscraper above them.

It’s hard to make it through the day without hearing his name. Criticized for his recent comments on immigration, women and his behavior at the Republican debate, Donald Trump has sparked an international conversation. And to passersby, The Trump Building stands for something more now than it has in the past.

Shelby Cohen, a 25-year-old native of Tampa, Fla., spent Wednesday afternoon touring the Financial District in Lower Manhattan. As she passed by The Trump Building, she said she thinks of Trump’s campaign as more of a “media stunt” than as a political movement. Continue reading “Trump Comments Spark International Conversation”