Hina is a nurse working for the foster care system and a part-time law student at the CUNY School of Law, and anticipates graduating in spring 2021.
On the weekends, she volunteers in a hospital and residential care facility as part of New York City’s Medical Reserve Corps. Her work means that she is on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.
Hina is also a Dreamer.
Originally from Pakistan, Hina and her family immigrated to the United States almost 20 years ago in search of medical treatment for her older sister, who had a serious brain condition.
Her experience with the medical system is what motivated her to become a nurse. But these dreams would have been impossible for her to achieve without her DACA status.
“DACA made my higher education in this field possible,” she wrote in a piece for USA Today. “DACA has been a lifeline for me and hundreds and thousands of other hard-working young people.”
Now, all these year later, she sees herself as a true New Yorker.
“New York City is my home, and, particularly with the world changing seemingly every day, I want to be able to build on solid ground,” she said.