In a stroke of insanity, the city of Denver has decided that it will allow illegal immigrants to teach their children in their public schools. I kid you not.
DPS is working with Teach for America to bring in people with an official status of “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” as determined by the federal government. Part of the requirements for DACA status is that a person must have been brought to the United States under the age of 16 and have a clean criminal record. Even with DACA status, they are still not recognized as legal citizens, but they are allowed to work…
The Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform has serious concerns regarding DPS’s decision to hire DACA individuals. The group said in a statement that it believes the majority of people with DACA status are not properly trained or certified to become teachers:
It is unlikely that most of the illegal aliens with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status are trained, qualified, and certified as educators. Indeed, DACA status requires attainment of only a high school diploma or a GED certificate. Using unqualified individuals as “educators” does a tremendous disservice not only to students of all races and nationalities, but to our entire educational system.
The group also said that this decision is unfair to the millions of Americans seeking a full time teacher position:
There are at least 20 million Americans who either do not have a full-time job or are underemployed. This includes teachers. It is neither fair nor appropriate to hire unqualified foreign nationals to replace qualified and experienced American teachers.
It seems incredibly backwards to allow people who are not even considered “legal” residents of our nation to be allowed to interact with our children.
Teachers are required to go through years of intense training before becoming eligible to be considered as a teacher. They must pass demanding state and sometimes national standards, and they are put through rigorous legal checks to make sure that our children are not exposed to criminals.
Yet now, Denver wants to allow people whose very presence here means they are currently breaking the law, to teach our children. Teachers are often held to a much higher moral standard than other professions, but the city of Denver is tacitly admitting that breaking the law is no problem?
It make no sense.
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