Medical researcher and DACA recipient faces loss of job permit

In 247 days, Karen Bahena will lose her work permit because of President Trump’s elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Bahena graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in public health and nutrition. She currently works as a research coordinator at the UCSD School of Medicine and is pursuing a medical career. She hopes to one day help underprivileged communities meet health care needs.

More than 17,000 “dreamers” have lost their DACA protections — which include a driver’s license and a work permit — since President Trump eliminated the program in September 2017.

Democrats hoped to send a message to President Trump by inviting more than a dozen undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children to attend his first State of the Union address. Congressman Scott Peters invited Bahena to attend the address.

Bahena told us more about her story on Good Morning San Diego.

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