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02/10/2014 05:41 pm ET Updated Feb 10, 2014

Dreamers Are Being Recruited For Teach For America

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Jorge Bravo left Ecuador when he was 14 and spent his high school and college years in Woodhaven, Queens, with a secret — he was undocumented. But after getting a work permit through a special program for young immigrants, Bravo found that some employers now see his struggle as a benefit.

A growing number of employers — including national nonprofit Teach for America and a North Carolina-based bank — are seeking diverse workers by specifically recruiting immigrants who came here illegally as kids and got permission to work through a 2012 federal program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Bravo, 26, was accepted by Teach for America and will be assigned to a Los Angeles classroom this fall.

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