The 9 teachers who just received awards from the White House were all in the U.S. illegally.
Jaime Ballesteros first realized just how much his immigration status mattered when he started looking at colleges.
Then the recession hit. Jaime’s father lost his job in 2007, which meant their visas would expire.
His family went from living the American Dream to immigration fugitives in the course of a year.
that would allow young undocumented immigrants like him to live and work in the U.S. legally. He applied and was approved.
When Jaime graduated college, he joined Teach for America. Now he’s a high school chemistry teacher in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles.
The program that gave Jaime a pathway to become a teacher Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has allowed more than 664,000 people to work legally in the U.S.
awards to nine young teachers, all of whom have work authorization through DACA.
Congrats to Jaime and the eight other educators honored by the White House this week:
want to communicate so badly with you, but they don’t have the means to do it, so it can be frustrating for them,” she said.
4. David Liendo Uriona, who came to the U.S. from Bolivia for a karate tournament and never returned.
5. Maria Dominguez, who came to the U.S. when she was 9, after her father who was living in Texas as a legal resident passed away in a car accident.
Photo courtesy of Maria Dominguez.
undocumented immigrants in the state.