NYC teachers from Caribbean seek immigration help

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Posted: Jun 29, 2011 1:17 PM
NYC teachers from Caribbean seek immigration help

Hundreds of New York City teachers recruited from Jamaica, Trinidad and other Caribbean countries a decade ago say city officials have not followed through on promises to help them obtain U.S. citizenship.

The teachers were recruited in 2001 when the city faced a teacher shortage. Some say they are now worried about being deported.

City Council members introduced a resolution on June 14 urging the city Department of Education to help the teachers with their immigration status. The Council members held a news conference at City Hall on Wednesday.

The Council members are also calling on Congress to include a discussion of the needs of teachers recruited from abroad in its debate on immigration reform.