Denver hires teachers who came to U.S. illegally as children

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(Reuters) – The Denver Public School system is allowing immigrants who have resided illegally in the United States since they were children to teach in its classrooms under a relaxed employment policy advanced by the Obama administration, district officials said this week.

Superintendent Tom Boasberg said in a statement that Denver schools were the first in the country to hire teachers under a directive signed by President Barack Obama in 2012.

Under that directive, the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA), immigrants who came to the United States as children and meet certain other criteria can apply for a work permit for a renewable period of two years.

“These teachers often are bi-lingual or multi-lingual and have a deep personal understanding of the challenges that many of our students face who similarly came to this country in undocumented status as young children,” Boasberg said.

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