Texas district's use of worker visa program draws scrutiny

Thursday, June 5, 2014

As this city outside Dallas turned heavily Hispanic over the past decade, its school district hired foreign teachers like Bernardo Montes-Rodríguez, a Colombian, with the promise of a green card.

Now Mr. Montes and dozens of other teachers are uncertain whether they will be able to permanently settle in the U.S., as federal agencies investigate the Garland Independent School District for allegedly exploiting the worker visa program under which they were recruited.

Widely known as a way to bring in tech workers, the H-1B visa program allows employers to hire skilled foreigners for hard-to-fill positionsfrom software engineer to science teacher. And school districts around the country have used them to hire thousands of foreign teachers.

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