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Immigration, Citizenship and National Interest

 Immigration, Citizenship, National Interest

Any debate about immigration is informed by ideas about the character of a nation.
Immigrants impact not just the current workforce, institutions, culture, and political
orientation of a society; more important, they shape the nation’s future. What is this
country all about? How do we want to evolve? What kind of society do we want to be and
While the United States has always been a country of immigrants, historically
immigration was restricted in many ways. There have been waves of immigrants from
different parts of the world, and at different times certain groups were deemed more
desirable than others. The debate about who should be allowed to come here and
ultimately become American citizens continues. The political struggle about President
Trump’s proposed wall at the US-Mexican border is one manifestation of a long history
of arguments for and against immigration.
Assignment: Write a 3- to 4-page essay using at least 3 of the following sources as
well as several interviews with people who represent the various political positions on
the issue. If you like, you may use other sources, preferably articles from reputable
magazines and newspapers, like The Guardian, The New York Times, and The Wall
Street Journal. You don’t have to take a position, though you are welcome to if you
wish—just be sure to marshal some evidence to support your view. Either way—staying
neutral or offering your opinion—your essay needs to shed light on the complex
motivations and concerns of proponents and opponents of immigration. Why do people
feel the way they do? Why do they get so passionate about immigration? Discuss 3 or 4
related issues, one per paragraph at minimum. (If you have more to say about a
particular issue, feel free to extend your discussion to multiple paragraphs.) Make sure
each paragraph uses information from a source.
Below are titles of articles and web sites where you will find good sources for this
assignment as well as jumping-off points for deeper exploration. I was able to find these
by entering the title and author/agency into Google and clicking through to the site or
the article. You should have similar results, but feel free to contact me if you’re having trouble.