Originally published by CNN
Manuel continued his education at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he graduated summa cum laude with a major in biology and minor in chemistry. In college, Manuel worked as a medical scribe for doctors in the emergency room of a small community hospital in Chattanooga. After this experience, he decided that he wanted to become an emergency room physician himself.
Manuel chose to study medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He was one of dozens of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients at Stritch, the first medical school to admit DACA students
Today, Manuel is an emergency room resident at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Chicago
, one of the busiest trauma hospitals on Chicago's South Side. It has been especially busy during the Covid-19 public health pandemic.
As Manuel has been risking his life caring for countless Illinoisans sickened by the coronavirus, his very future has hung in the balance: For nearly three years, President Donald Trump has pushed his fight to repeal DACA all the way to the Supreme Court.
Thankfully, last week, the Supreme Court brought a smile and sigh of relief to Manuel and 650,000
young people like him in the United States.