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Undocumented Immigrants Sought as Recruits for TFA

By Lesli A. Maxwell — January 07, 2014 1 min read
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Teach For America will seek out undocumented college graduates who meet its criteria to become teachers in some of the nation’s most challenged public schools.

The organization announced last month that it would open up its recruitment efforts to include undocumented candidates who were brought to the United States as children by their parents and had received “deferred action” status: temporary work authorization and relief from deportation from federal immigration officials.

Known as DREAMers, the beneficiaries of deferred action must meet the same eligibility requirements of other potential candidates: a minimum 2.5 undergraduate GPA and a bachelor’s degree. TFA accepted three DREAMers into its 2013 corps.

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A version of this article appeared in the January 08, 2014 edition of Education Week as Undocumented Immigrants Sought as Recruits for TFA

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