Immigration in the News

Go Beyond the Borders

Develop a more nuanced understanding of a modern immigration issue and the beliefs, motivations, and logic of people on various sides of the debate. 

Introduction

Immigration-related issues are often in the news, partly because immigration is, for many Americans, an emotional and deeply personal topic. Because of this, immigration-related issues are often contentious and impassioned, and public discourse is not always as sophisticated as the issues themselves. Research an immigration-related issue in the news from multiple perspectives, using at least three reputable sources. 

Questions
 

  1. What are two or three of the main points of view that people have on this issue? Describe the beliefs, motivations (e.g., hopes, fears, desires), and logic of people on each side of this issue. Evaluate each point of view by assessing that side’s claims, reasoning, and evidence.
     

  2. In what ways do your sources agree and disagree? What aspects appear or are emphasized in one source but not others?
     

  3. What are your sources’ perspectives on this issue? Summarize the various points of view of your sources in 1–2 sentences each. Do your sources highlight only one side of this issue, or do they provide relatively balanced coverage?
     

  4. Integrating information from multiple sources, summarize this issue in an objective fashion in two or three paragraphs, noting where there are discrepancies among the sources. 

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