Subject: History    / African History and Culture
Question

· COMPOSE A BRIEF ESSAY OF AT LEAST 400 WORDS BUT NO MORE
THAN 600 WORDS (NOT INCLUDING YOUR REFERENCES LIST) ON THE FOLLOWING
TOPIC, REFERRING TO AND CRITIQUING RELEVANT IDEAS FROM AT LEAST THREE
OF THE WEEK 9 READINGS AS YOU DEVELOP YOUR THOUGHTS:

Immigration, legal and illegal, is becoming a highly charged emotional
issue in America’s political landscape. Yet, as ‘Baby Boomers’ retire,
birthrates indicate that American citizens are not reproducing at a
rate sufficient to replace these retiring workers. A concern is that
fewer domestic workers will cause our economy to shrink. Another
concern is that tens of thousands of children and teenagers, fleeing
poverty and violence in Central and South America, are congregating on
America’s southern border.

RACE

REPRODCUTION RATE

Replacement

2.2

Euro-American

1.8

African-American

2.1

Asian-American

1.8

Latino-American

2.4

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As we near the 2016 Presidential election cycle, the topic of
immigration promises to become an issue in political campaigns at the
Federal, State and local levels.

Some suggest that the solution to illegal immigration is a legal
immigration policy that is enforced and that efficiently addresses the
future needs of this country.

Some of the complexity of this issue includes the availability of
labor, a lack of high skill versus an abundance of low skill workers,
STEM and student visas, temporary work visas for agriculture workers,
amnesty for the ~11.5 million undocumented immigrants currently
residing in this nation, and ending “chain immigration.”

To complete this assignment, use the assigned course readings as well
as your own research. As you know, students need to be careful when
researching information. Please be certain that any external source
you use in this course is legitimate and accurate. If you are
uncertain whether a source is credible, ask. Be certain to properly
identify your sources.

(HISTORY) Examine the conflict between the fact that the United States
is a nation of immigrants and the hostility that is expressed toward
each new group of immigrants who arrive here. Detail and discuss how
this hostility has been overcome.

(ANALYSIS) In an effort to secure votes, both major political parties
have immigration platforms. Examine each group’s proposals (there may
be several: pick one and be certain to identify the sponsor). Between
the two parties, which ideas are common? What are the ideas that
differentiate these two groups?

(CRITICAL THINKING) Based upon the individual world-view you developed
in the first five weeks of this course, identify the various issues
and founding documents and ideas that bear upon a consideration of
this topic and critique their importance in relation to this topic.
Some values and rights may be in conflict with others. Critical
thinking will help you establish what you believe is the relative
weight each should have in reaching a resolution.

In an essay of no more than 600 words, synthesize what you have
learned earlier this semester (equality, rule of law, States Rights,
and so on), with your research to build a logical and non-emotional
argument by which you are able to analyze and discuss this issue with
some depth of insight.

What are the concerns regarding immigration? What are future issues
that an immigration policy should address? Be certain to discuss the
similarities and differences between the proposals of both parties.
After carefully examining the proposals of both major parties, which,
if any, proposal best addresses national concerns? Properly reference
three of the assigned readings and include at least one, legitimate,
external source in your composition.

Write in essay form (that is, in paragraphs, not in bullet points). Be
as specific and precise as you can be. Use the Discussion Board
Grading Rubric in the Assignments area to guide your thoughts on what
constitutes a high-quality essay.

IMPORTANT ASSIGNMENT GUIDELINES: Not following these guidelines will
have a negative impact on your grade for the week.

1. Write in Arial font, size 14 (chosen from the drop-down menus
on the create thread box in the Discussion Board forum), unless
otherwise directed by your instructor.

2. Reference specific ideas from at least the three of the
assigned readings that illustrate these values. Always name the author
whose ideas you are discussing (use the author’s full name the first
time you refer to him/her; after that, identify authors by their last
names).

3. Provide in-text citations for all ideas, opinions, and facts
derived from the course readings, whether you simply refer to them,
paraphrase them (put them entirely into your own words), or quote
them. Place the in-text citation at the end of your sentence but
before the period that ends your sentence. The in-text citation should
give the author’s last name (unless you’ve used it already in your
sentence), the year of publication (if known), and the appropriate
page number(s) from the reading (if page numbers are used in the
online text of the essay). Do not use the title of the reading unless
it does not have an author).

Here’s an example of a citation for the Thomas Paine reading for Week
1: (Paine, 1776).

Here’s an example of a citation for the John Locke reading for Week 2:
(Locke, 1689, pp. 46-47).

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