Up to 9,000 public school teachers fear loosing their jobs if the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is allowed to expire. These teachers say that it is also putting an enormous strain on them and the students in their classroom as it leaves them with an uncertain future. Many of these teachers are teaching in Texas with work permits that they have faithfully renewed every two years. They say that they know no life besides the one that they have experienced in the Lone Star State.
One example is Maria Rocha who was brought to Texas by her grandmother when she was just two years old. Prior to that Maria lived in Coahuila, Mexico. She qualified to become a teacher when the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program went into effect when she was 25 years old.
Maria says that she knows that whatever happens, she will be OK. Yet, she says that it is very stressful knowing that she could be fired at any moment if the program is allowed to expire. The third-grade teacher says she is more concerned about the fate of her students at KIPP Esperanza Dual-Language Academy because many of the families of her students are also affected by the decision. Maria says that it is hard to talk to her students about their future when their future in the United States is so threatened.
The National School Board Administration has said that it will take legal action if the Congress does not work with families who are long-term residents of the United States. They want to see Congress reform the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to allow these residents to work toward citizenship.