I teach a Regents U.S. History class in the South Bronx. I mention that only to provide the context for this lesson.
Students are always asking about immigration laws and how they might affect their ability to go to college. Obama's executive action was the perfect opportunity to open the door to that discussion. As I stated however, we are on a deadline because of the looming June regents exam currently required of all New York State students. So this lesson braids the ever controversial issue with the historical reality of immigration in this country. The articles and essay provided are only for those who want to teach a lesson about this current event but aren't sure where to look. It's just a starting point, depending on where and what you teach you can trim or expand according to your instructional needs. I just wanted to provide fellow educators with 'one-stop shop' (if you'll pardon the expression) of this very current very controversial issue.