Background and Context

These resources will help students develop a thorough understanding of Immigration and make connections between historical events, current conversations, and current policy proposals surrounding the issue.


Immigration Policy in Historical Context

How has U.S. Immigration Policy changed throughout our history? Learn More >

Immigration Policy in Current Context

What is the current U.S. Immigration Policy? Learn More >

Deliberating Priorities in U.S. Immigration Policy

Available for Middle & High School

How should the government reform its immigration system? Learn More >

Current Issue Debates

Current Issues Debates are framed by a central question and followed by historical context, an overview of both sides of the topic, and discussion questions to facilitate deliberation in the classroom.


Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Available for Middle & High School

Should Congress pass a law to protect Dreamers from deportation? Learn More >

Sanctuary Cities

Available for Middle & High School

Should governments penalize sanctuary cities? Learn More >

Refugees, Asylees, and Resettlement

Should the United States increase the number of refugees it accepts? Learn More >

Videos from Policymakers

Brought to you by ASP HOMEROOM, through a collaboration between Close Up Foundation and A Starting Point, these supplemental videos are an introduction to policy areas that provide an opportunity for students to hear different perspectives directly from lawmakers.


Unaccompanied Minors

Congresswoman Young Kim (R-CA)
April 7, 2021

Immigration Reform

Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA)
April 1, 2021

The Biden Immigration Agenda

Congressmen Henry Cuellar (D-TX) & Michael Mccaul (R-TX)
January 25, 2021

Lesson Plans

These ready-to-use lesson plans can be utilized in conjunction with any of our resources to enhance the quality of students discourse in the classroom.


Discourse Formats & Rubrics PREVIEW

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Policymaker Video Guides PREVIEW

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Extension & Application Activities PREVIEW

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Additional & Archived Resources on Immigration


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How Should We Regulate Child Labor?

Post | March 15, 2023

On March 6, Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders signed into law the Youth Hiring Act, a law that, among other things, allows children between the ages of nine and 16 to be hired without the need for an employment certificate to be filed with the state. Under previous state law, an employment certificate was required […]

Unit 3: Industrializing America Teacher Guide

Historical Perspective (ELA Unit) | August 20, 2021

Words of Ages Teacher’s Guide are designed to supplement your standard classroom history text while offering new, creative perspectives on the nation’s heritage.

Unit 3: Industrializing America – The Closing of the Frontier

Historical Perspective (ELA Unit) | August 19, 2021

Just before the Civil War, writers all across the United States began telling stories about people and places they knew well.

Unit 3: Industrializing America – Artists Render Industrialization and Urbanization

Historical Perspective (ELA Unit) |

Many American historians view the late 19th century in terms of technology and science, identifying the dynamism that helped drive the massive social changes of the period.

Child Workers

Unit 3: Industrializing America – Social Critics and Reformers

Historical Perspective (ELA Unit) |

American history is full of individuals agitating for change. However, between the end of the Civil War and World War I, writers and lecturers poured forth ideas for improving society from a particularly deep well.


Unit 3: Industrializing America – Americans Abroad and WWI

Historical Perspective (ELA Unit) |

In 1880, the sultan of Turkey closed the Turkish diplomatic mission to the United States, believing it to be a waste of money on a second-rate nation.

unaccompanied minor

Record Numbers of Unaccompanied Minors Are Seeking Asylum in U.S.

Post | April 13, 2021

Last month, nearly 19,000 unaccompanied migrant children were stopped at the U.S.-Mexican border, a record since documentation began in 2010, beating a previous record set in May of 2019.1 Currently, the Biden administration is allowing only children traveling alone to stay in the U.S. while their asylum claims are being evaluated, a process that can […]

President Biden’s Policy Priorities: The First 100 Days

Post | January 22, 2021

During his inaugural address, President Joe Biden laid out a number of policy priorities. The clearest theme of his speech was a call for unity and the need to address political divisions in the United States, which came to a head with the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021.1 However, President Biden also […]

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