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Debate DBQ: Should the US allow Amnesty for Illegal immigrants?

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US Immigration Policy:
Should We Grant Amnesty to Illegal Immigrants?

Background of the Issue:

Amnesty for illegal Immigrants.
Many immigrants have crossed the US border illegally to find work. Some Americans believe that they should be granted amnesty, or pardon, to allow them to stay here legally. Critics say this would encourage more illegal immigration

The first major effort to limit immigration to the United States came in the late 1800s. By then, immigrants were streaming into the country. Many Americans worries about using their jobs or their sense of national identity. Since then, immigration and immigration policy have remained controversial issues. Use the timeline below to explore this enduring issue and answer the essential question “Should We Grant Amnesty to Illegal Immigrants?”

The Debate Issue:
Should We Grant Amnesty to Illegal Immigrants?

1. Compare- Why does Munoz support amnesty for illegal immigrants? Why does Erier oppose it?

2. Analyze- How do the issues debated above differ from the issues that led to the passage of the National Origins Act?

3. Debate- Learn more about recent debates on immigration and prepare ab argument supporting one viewpoint
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