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Sisolak pens letter to President Trump to keep J-1 Visa program alive for educators

CARSON CITY, NEVADA (KLAS) — Today, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak sent a letter to President Trump urging him to reverse course on his suspension of the J-1 Visa program for educators.   

As it stands, this Proclamation would negatively impact 95 teachers, 88 of whom were recruited to fill critical special education vacancies in Nevada.

The Clark County School District has been working with the Governor’s Office for New Americans and the Nevada Department of Education on this ongoing issue.

Today, I sent a letter to the @WhiteHouse, urging the President to reverse his suspension of the J-1 Visa program for educators. This Proclamation would negatively impact 95 teachers, 88 of whom were recruited to fill critical special education vacancies in our State. pic.twitter.com/wyYPJYq4tN

— Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) July 2, 2020

The Nevada Department of Education employs around 250 educators on J-1 visas at any given time.

In his letter, Governor Sisolak wrote:

“As Governor of the State Nevada, I write to express my profound concerns with the suspension of the J-1 visa program for our educators.”

“The suspension of these visas undermines access to talents and skills that have historically enriched and enhanced our State and our nation and will potentially leave thousands of special education students without a teacher.” 

Governor Sisolak

The President’s proclamation would not impact those currently in the State but would prevent school districts from hiring nearly 100 new teachers for the upcoming school year. 

In the letter, Gov. Sisolak asks President Trump to amend his proclamation and provide an immediate exemption for these instructors. In its current form, this proclamation would have a devastating impact on our most vulnerable students, not just in Nevada, but throughout the entire nation.