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U.S. Immigration Policy in an Unsettled World
Fifteenth edition. September 2013.
For generations, war, rapidly changing economies, and the quest for opportunity have driven people from around the world to the United States. Today, immigration in record numbers continues. Meanwhile, the economic well-being of U.S. workers, national security concerns, and humanitarian challenges fuel the policy debate. U.S. Immigration Policy in an Unsettled World delves into the history of immigration to the United States and prepares students to articulate their own views on the future of immigration policy.
The reading prepares students to thoughtfully consider the policy choices facing the United States. Part I reviews how economic development and global events have affected immigration law. Part II considers the range of immigration-related issues on the U.S. agenda today and prepares students to formulate their own ideas on the future direction of U.S. immigration policy.
The Choices Role Play
The four distinct policy options are grounded in a clearly defined philosophy about the U.S. role in the world and the place of immigrants in U.S. society. By exploring a broad spectrum of alternatives, students gain a deeper understanding of the competing values and assumptions that frame the debate on U.S. immigration policy.
Data Analysis: Immigration to the United States
Students analyze U.S. immigration statistics for the years 1821-2000 and draw conclusions about the events and policies that have shaped trends in immigration.
Immigration Policy in U.S. History
Through a reading from the 1911 Dillingham Commission report, students examine the values and beliefs that influenced immigration policy in the early 1900s.
Students read from a selection of immigrant profiles, comparing the motivations and challenges involved in the process of immigration.
Role-Playing the Four Options
Students work cooperatively to develop and present different U.S. immigration policy options to members of Congress.
Looking into the Future
Armed with historical knowledge and a sense of their own values, students articulate recommendations for U.S. policy and consider how their policy option will impact the United States in the future.
Understanding the Immigrant Experience
Students research the immigration history of a particular group or family and share their findings with the class.
Becoming a Citizen
After reviewing possible questions from the U.S. naturalization test, students discuss the knowledge valued by the U.S. government for citizenship.