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 events, current conversations, and current policy proposals surrounding the issue of Immigration.
How has U.S. Immigration Policy changed throughout our history?Learn More >
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.
Should U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants receive birthright citizenship?Learn More >
Should the government halt its acceptance of Syrian refugees until the screening process is strengthened?Learn More >
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.
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.
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 […]