Immigration Debate

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Author:  Chris Davis for Independent Lens and PBS

Americans offer varied positive and negative perspectives regarding immigrants. There are points of view, for example, regarding immigrants’ impact on the U.S. labor force and issues around terrorism and immigration. Gathering information on pro and con arguments can be helpful if making conclusions regarding immigrants’ roles in the United States is to occur.


Students will:

  • Consider the validity of statements often cited regarding immigration and immigrants
  • Research and debate the essence of these statements to support or negate presented perspectives
  • Make informed decisions regarding the statements’ accuracy



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