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IMMIGRATION

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. This section includes all of the context and content previously included in Close Up’s public policy chapters.  

 

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 student discourse in the classroom. Our supplemental Civic Readiness Guide provides a recommended lesson plan sequence for using our Current Issues resources.

 

Additional & Archived Resources on Immigration

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Jazz Age

Unit 4: Democracy and Adversity – The Jazz Age

Historical Perspective (ELA Unit) | August 19, 2021

The 1920s were a golden era. The postwar economy grew and optimism reigned. F. Scott Fitzgerald—a great novelist of the period—captured the mood in his 1937 essay, “Early Success.”


Great Depression

Unit 4: Democracy and Adversity – The Great Depression and the New Deal

Historical Perspective (ELA Unit) |

The stock market crash of October 29, 1929, marked the beginning, though not the cause, of the Great Depression.


WWII

Unit 4: Democracy and Adversity – WWII

Historical Perspective (ELA Unit) |

Mired in the Great Depression of the 1930s, U.S. leaders were more concerned with issues at home than with those abroad.


T Bird

Unit 5: The Challenges of Power – Prosperity and Anxiety

Historical Perspective (ELA Unit) |

The 1950s were a time of prosperity and affluence unlike any ever seen in the United States.


Unit 5: The Challenges of Power – Rights and Revolutions

Historical Perspective (ELA Unit) |

The years between 1950 and 1975 were tumultuous times for American society.


Vietnam War

Unit 5: The Challenges of Power – The Vietnam Years

Historical Perspective (ELA Unit) |

Since the late 1800s, France had controlled the area of Southeast Asia called Indochina—Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia—and had profited from the region’s rice and rubber plantations.


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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