DACA Fears Not Limited to Students

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According to a piece over the weekend by Esmeralda Fabian Romero in LA School Report, it is not the only students who fear what could happen to DACA  under President Trump. Teachers are also coming to grips with what a reversal of DACA could mean for them personally. It is more common than most would think for an educator to have a college degree and even a master's degree from the United States yet still be living with the label of 'undocumented.' Teachers in that position are faced with a tricky balancing act as they work to comfort their students, maintain their professionalism, and also work to become informed about their own best course of action moving forward. 

Lida Jennings, executive director of Teach for America in Los Angeles, said Friday that the situation faced by DACA teachers is pressing. “We have right now about 17 DACA teachers that are currently TFA alumni and teachers here in Los Angeles, so that issue is a very important one for us,” she said. TFA supports the teachers with financial assistance, covering their legal costs as well as the cost of renewing their work permits if they’re eligible to do so.

To read the full piece at LA School Report, click here.