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

Texas 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.

 

Additional & Archived Resources on Immigration

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Building Bridges – Immigration

Podcast | July 6, 2021

This month on “Building Bridges” we wish to honor the immigrants who became part of the essential fabric of our great democracy, from the powerful and famous to the everyday American citizen.


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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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The Supreme Court Will Address DACA. What Will Follow?

Post | October 30, 2019

On November 12, 2019, the Supreme Court will hear arguments about the Trump administration’s efforts to end the immigration policy known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The status of DACA recipients has been in limbo for over two years amidst administration actions and court injunctions. What Is DACA? After Congress failed in its […]


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Eliminate Illegal Immigration; Make Immigration Work for the Economy

Post | October 9, 2019

Immigration policy and enforcement continues to be a major area of conflict between Democrats and Republicans. Currently, Congress is considering many bills related to immigration, asylum, migrant detention, and family separation. This week, we will look at two proposals that Republicans are advancing; two weeks ago, we examined two bills that Democrats are advancing. Republicans […]


Migrant Detention and Congressional Oversight

Post | September 16, 2019

Immigration policy and enforcement continues to be a major area of conflict between congressional Democrats and the executive branch. Currently, Congress is considering many bills related to immigration, asylum, migrant detention, and family separation. This week, we will look at two bills that Democrats are advancing; next week, we will look at two bills that […]


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Should the US designate an official language?

Post | March 26, 2019

The United States is one of a few nations in the world to have no official language designated. While the Constitution gives no reasoning for this, many reasons have been suggested by experts. Several bills have been introduced in Congress to designate English as the national language, but none have ever been successfully passed into […]


2020 US Census

Who counts in America?

Post | March 5, 2019

Every ten years, the federal government conducts a census to count people residing in the United States. The information gathered helps the federal, state, and local governments plan and create public policy, identifies regional and national trends, and, most importantly, is used in apportioning seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. As the U.S. population […]


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