A Harvard University student from Queens is set to become the first undocumented immigrant to win a prestigious Rhodes scholarship.
But the accomplishment comes with some legal questions.
Jin Park was brought to New York City illegally from South Korea when he was seven years old, but is protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.
It protects the children of immigrants who illegally entered the country from deportation, and offers them work permits.
Park will graduate from Harvard next month, and will go study at Oxford University in London.
But the Trump administration plans to phase out DACA, as well as a special permit known as ‘advanced parole’ that allowed recipients to re-enter the country after traveling abroad.
"I don't currently have a straightforward path to be able to leave and have a guaranteed, kind of guarantee to come back to the country. So, it's very unsettling. I'm in constant conversations with lawyers to find out what the best legal path is," Park said.
Park says not taking the scholarship is not an option, and plans to go to medical school once he graduates.