Dallas considers hiring illegal immigrants as teachers
— reported by KTRK ABC Channel 13
A Dallas school official said changing employment laws that restrict hiring illegal immigrants could help the district overcome its shortage of bilingual teachers.
School board member Joe May said the Dallas Independent School District should be able to recruit college-educated illegal immigrants who qualify for its emergency teaching certification program. But federal law prohibits knowingly hiring illegal immigrants.
The school board was set to discuss May’s idea at a Tuesday meeting, although some board members urged caution, The Dallas Morning News reported for its Tuesday editions.
Federal officials said May’s proposal conflicts with the law. Getting a work visa isn’t an option for illegal immigrants in the United States, said Maria Elena Garcia-Upson, regional communications manager for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.