Governor Sisolak pens letter to President Trump imploring him to reverse course on his suspension of J-1 Visas

Carson City,m NV - July 02, 2020

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 our State. 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.

“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,” Governor Sisolak wrote in the letter. “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.”

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

The copy of the letter sent to the President is attached.