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How Many Teachers Will the US Lose if DACA Protections Disappear?

American colleges and universities are having an increasingly difficult time attracting international students today, thanks to the immigration policies of the Trump administration. (See “4 Questions We Should Be Asking about Falling International Student Enrollments,” the Student Research Foundation Blog, January 15, 2018.)

Students from many countries around the world are deciding not to apply to American colleges and universities, given the fact that they might not be admitted to the United States at all, or might face the possibility of being deported after they got here. The result has already been a dwindling number of foreign-born students, both at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. As an aftereffect, chances are that more of the teaching assistants who teach in American colleges and universities are likely to be native-born Americans.

Another Crisis, This One for Undocumented Teachers

“U.S. Could Lose an Estimated 20,000 Teachers, Many Bilingual, as DACA Is Phased Out,” an article that Dianne Solis and James Barrágan wrote for the Dallas News last October, points out that another crisis will strike American education if DACA disappears. To quote from the article . . .

“Texas stands to lose about 2,000 teachers who are in the DACA program, and as many as 20,000 such teachers would be affected nationwide. The clock is ticking, and without a legislative reprieve, within a few years it will be illegal for these teachers to  work in the U.S. Their loss would hit bilingual education, where there’s a constant dearth of educators, especially hard.”

Those statistics come from the Migration Policy Institute, a nonprofit headquartered in Washington, DC.  Who are those 20,000 teachers that America could lose? Many of them are people who grew up in America, attended college here, and chose to teach. In other words, they are pretty much like all other teachers. The one exception is that their legal right to reside and work – and teach – in America is now under fire.

How will immigration laws and developments impact on American education? If you would like to have a deeper understanding of what is happening, Participate in the National Career Pathway Study.

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