Illegal immigrants may soon be teachers, pharmacists, dentists and other professions that require certification in New York.
The state’s Board of Regents has voted to adopt new regulations allowing individuals granted executive amnesty — via President Obama’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — to apply for teacher certification and other professional licenses.
“These are young people who came to the U.S. as children,” State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said in a statement Wednesday. “They are American in every way but immigration status.”
“They’ve done everything right,” she continued. “They’ve worked hard in school, some have even served in the military, but when it’s time to apply for a license, they’re told ‘Stop. That’s far enough. We shouldn’t close the door on their dreams. Allowing these young people to get professional licenses will open up a new world of economic opportunity for them.”
The New York Department of Education provides licenses for 53 professions.
While illegal immigrants who have been granted DACA are able to obtain employment authorization and work legally in the U.S., they are largely unable to receive professional licensing. The New York Board of Regents’ decision opens up a wealth of occupations previously unattainable for illegal immigrants living in the U.S.Read the rest of the story HERE.
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