Current Issues: Views on Immigration


Civics Citizen Participation and Government Current Issues: Views on Immigration
Students examine multiple perspectives on the issue of immigration. They consider how, as an informed citizen, it is important to read and think about other people’s opinions and beliefs. Then they examine the use case of the Mejia-Perez family, who face deportation to Guatemala. Finally, they conduct research and write their own position on the question: Should illegal immigrants in the United States be deported if they are parents of children who hold U.S. citizenship?

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In this experience, students examine multiple perspectives on the issue of immigration. They consider how, as an informed citizen, it is important to read and think about other people’s opinions and beliefs. Then they examine the use case of the Mejia-Perez family, who face deportation to Guatemala. Finally, they conduct research and write their own position on the question: Should illegal immigrants in the United States be deported if they are parents of children who hold U.S. citizenship?

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Objective

  • Examine multiple perspectives on the issue of immigration.

The 2016 presidential campaign and the inauguration of Donald Trump have brought the issue of immigration to the front page. The site Facing History and Ourselves offers teachers resources for creating safe and respectful classrooms to talk about this topic. Read 3 Ways to Address the Latest News on Immigration with your Students for some tips. Visit the Teacher Pack for additional resources on teaching about immigration.

You may have students who are themselves undocumented or who have family members at risk of deportation. Give them an opportunity to express their personal stories, but respect their privacy if they choose not to. Ensure that other students respect their feelings and possible fears.




In this lesson, you will explore how United States immigration policy affects families with mixed citizenship status. You will discuss the challenges faced by a mixed-status family (family with some members who are citizens or legal immigrants and some who are not) when U.S. immigration authorities schedule the undocumented parents to be deported. 

Objective

  • Examine multiple perspectives on the issue of immigration.

A person’s point of view is shaped by his or her background. Because people’s backgrounds are different, their points of view are different, too. To be an informed citizen, you should read and think about other people’s opinions and beliefs.

In addition to reading about other people’s perspectives, it is also important to have polite discussions with people that have different beliefs than yours. There will always be disagreement in democratic nations, since conflict is part of the political process and is necessary for the very survival of democracy.

Your teacher will share some guidelines for respectful discussion.


What are some words or phrases that come to mind when you hear the word immigration. To list multiple items, separate them with a comma, like this: north, south

Post your answer

Review the words in the word cloud. Ask students if there are any words that surprise them.


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