Teach For America opens to undocumented students

Teach For America opens to undocumented students

(N.Y.) As the number of national universities accepting undocumented students increases, Teach for America announced this week a recruitment campaign aimed at individuals enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program.

Created through an executive order by President Barack Obama in August of 2012, the Deferred Action program allows undocumented students age 30 or younger to apply for a two-year reprieve from deportation if they can prove they came to the U.S. before their 16th birthday, have lived here for the past five years and have not been convicted of certain crimes.

The Teach for America outreach is intended to strengthen the program’s efforts to attract educators who share the racial and economic background of the students they will be teaching in low-income communities.

“Given our mission to expand educational opportunity, we’re doing everything we can to clear the way for DACA recipients who are eligible to join our corps,” said Elisa Villanueva Beard, co-CEO of Teach For America. “This decision reflects our belief that if you’re brought to the U.S. as a child, you should be able to pursue an education without fear of deportation, and have a path to contribute to American society through achievement in education.”

Under the terms of the program, applicants regardless of their citizenship status must earn a bachelor’s degree by June, 2014 and earn an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.50. To meet the hiring requirements of Teach For America’s partner schools, all applicants must provide proof of employment eligibility at the time of their final interview. Applicants must also have a Social Security number and an employment authorization document.