Background and Context

These resources are designed to help students develop a thorough understanding of the topic of Immigration; and help students make connections between historical eventscurrent conversations, and current policy proposals surrounding the issue of Immigration. 


Immigration Policy in Historical Context

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

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Immigration Policy in Current Context

What is the current U.S. Immigration Policy?

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Deliberating Priorities in U.S. Immigration Policy

Available for Middle & High School

How should the government reform its immigration system?

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Current Issue Debates

Current Issues Debates highlight current policy issues featured in the news. Issues are framed by a central question, historical context, an overview of both sides of the topic, and discussion questions. These concise resources allow students to move quickly from reading to discussing and debating the issue. 


Birthright Citizenship

Should U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants receive birthright citizenship?

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Available for Middle & High School

Should Congress pass a law to protect Dreamers from deportation?

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Sanctuary Cities

Available for Middle & High School

Should governments penalize sanctuary cities?

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Syrian Refugees

Should the government halt its acceptance of Syrian refugees until the screening process is strengthened?

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Should states offer in-state college tuition to Dreamers?

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Videos from Policymakers

ASP HOMEROOM is a civic engagement collaboration between the Close Up Foundation and A Starting Point, intended to help educate young people on the most pressing issues of our time. These supplemental videos are a great introduction to policy areas for middle and high school students, providing an opportunity to hear different perspectives directly from the lawmakers who create key policies.


Unaccompanied Minors

Congresswoman Young Kim (R-CA)

Immigration Reform

Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA)

The Biden Immigration Agenda

Texas Congressmen Henry Cuellar (D-TX) & Michael Mccaul (R-TX)

Lesson Plans

Our lesson plans are designed to promote civil discourse and empathy for diverse perspectives. Based on the proven instructional techniques that Close Up uses with students on program, these lesson plans are ideal for teachers who want to enhance the quality of student discourse in the classroom. 


Face Off Debate

Students will take and defend one position, and attempt to persuade a panel of their peers.

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Structured Academic Controversy

Students will closely examine an issue, and take on two different perspectives.

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Additional & Archived Resources on Immigration


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President Donald J. Trump

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 […]

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