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Statement on Incorrect Immigration Information

Jan. 25, 2019

We understand that an incorrect communication was provided by a DPS employee regarding our educators on H-1B and J-1visas. The error was the result of a misinterpretation of the information that we received from our immigration firm, and the communication was in no way intended to cause fear for our educators on visas. Our deepest apologies for any anxiety that was caused by this error.

DPS retains Kolko and Associates, P.C. (now known as Kolko & Casey P.C.) for immigration issues and visa processing. The firm has posted guidance for educators on H1-B visas.

According to the guidance we have been provided, DPS has to inform the U.S. Department of Labor if a strike begins due to the requirements of the Labor Condition Applications, that are part of the H-1B process. However, DPS does not inform the government of the names of employees who are participating in a strike.

DPS will not be collecting information or reporting information to immigration (USCIS) or the U.S. Department of State about any individuals decision to strike or not strike. We will work to correct this misunderstanding immediately. Again, we are deeply apologetic for this misunderstanding.

As a district community, one of our core beliefs is that our diversity is  a community treasure and equity is at the core of our mission. Our leadership has been unequivocal in their commitment to protecting the legal rights of all community members, including teachers, regardless of immigration status, national origin, religion or race. The district will do everything in our lawful power to protect our students’ and teachers’ confidential information and ensure that our students’ learning environments are not disrupted by immigration enforcement actions.