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Garland teachers voice opinions to school board amidst visa probe

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Garland ISD is under a federal investigation for its teacher visa program, and Tuesday night, some of those teachers in danger of being deported had the chance to address the school board.

The meeting where the teachers spoke was standing-room only.

Twenty-three teachers of the 260 in Garland's H-1B visa program have been notified that their immigration status is running out, and they may have to leave the country.

"Have these teachers done anything wrong to your knowledge?" FOX 4 asked Superintendent Bob Morrison.

"Not to my knowledge," said Morrison.

For nearly a decade, the H-1B visa program recruited international instructors, while a district-contracted firm, Yu, South & Associates, handled the application process for permanent residency.

So-called irregularities discovered last September involving fees the teachers themselves paid prompted an internal review. The teachers report paying $10,000 to $14,000 each for multiple failed green card applications. 

It's a probe that has evolved to the point that Homeland Security is now investigating.

The controversy has sparked protest within the district after the administrator who handled the program, a teacher and an associate superintendent were placed on leave earlier this month.

Dr. Morrison insists the district's main concerns at the moment are those 23 teachers are facing.

"We'll do everything that we can to support them within the legal limits of what the law allows us to do," said Morrison.

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