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1 The Last Word: Quiz Monday FrontPage: Research Qs on your desk. What image or picture comes to mind when you think of “immigration”?

2 A Nation of Immigrants Immigrants and Aliens

3 A Nation of Immigrants What is the purpose of the Statue of Liberty? What is the purpose of the Statue of Liberty? What is the meaning of the following inscription found on Ellis Island? What is the meaning of the following inscription found on Ellis Island? The New Colossus Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame. "Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

4 A Land of Immigrants? Why is the United States often considered a “land of immigrants”? Why is the United States often considered a “land of immigrants”? So, where are Americans from? So, where are Americans from?

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6 ** Where do most legal immigrants come from? Origin of Legal Immigrants to the US (2006)

7 Getting into the US Need a visa to gain entrance into the US Need a visa to gain entrance into the US 2 types: 2 types: Immigrant visa: if you want to stay here permanently Immigrant visa: if you want to stay here permanently Non-immigrant visa: if you are just visiting Non-immigrant visa: if you are just visiting Need a “Green Card” to stay permanently Need a “Green Card” to stay permanently “Permanent Residency Card”; not really green “Permanent Residency Card”; not really green

8 A Land of Immigrants? How have immigrants often been treated throughout the history of the United States? How have immigrants often been treated throughout the history of the United States? Is this true today? Is this true today?

9 There is a great deal of controversy over the issue of immigration in the US today…

10 Some Statistics The US admits approximately 900,000 legal immigrants (permanent residents) every year (900,000 is.3% of the US population). The US admits approximately 900,000 legal immigrants (permanent residents) every year (900,000 is.3% of the US population). The State Department issues 5 million visas authorizing temporary admission to the US. The State Department issues 5 million visas authorizing temporary admission to the US. The criteria for admission for permanent residence is much more stringent than for temporary visitors. The criteria for admission for permanent residence is much more stringent than for temporary visitors.

11 Foreign Born Population

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14 Top Ten Foreign Countries - Foreign Born Population Among U.S. Immigrants 20102010, % Mexico9,600,00023.7% China1,900,0004.7% Philippines1,700,0004.2% India1,610,0004.0% Vietnam1,200,0003.0% Cuba1,100,0002.7% Korea880,0002.2% Total Foreign Born 40,500,000 Historical Data from 2000 U.S. Census and 2004 Yearbook of Immigrant Statistics

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16 The goals of current immigration policy To reunite families by admitting immigrants who already have family members living in the US To reunite families by admitting immigrants who already have family members living in the US To admit workers in occupations with a strong demand for labor To admit workers in occupations with a strong demand for labor To provide a refuge for people who face the risk of political, racial, or religious persecution in their home countries To provide a refuge for people who face the risk of political, racial, or religious persecution in their home countries To provide admission to people from a diverse set of countries To provide admission to people from a diverse set of countries

17 Why is there Illegal Immigration? Pathways of legal immigration are slow and costly: significant backlogs at USCIS. Pathways of legal immigration are slow and costly: significant backlogs at USCIS. Under the category of unskilled workers in shortage areas, there is a cap of only 10,000 green cards annually. Under the category of unskilled workers in shortage areas, there is a cap of only 10,000 green cards annually.

18 Number of Illegals (est.)

19 Origin of Illegal Immigrants

20 Which areas are most Hispanic?

21 Homework: Citizenship/Immigration quiz Monday FrontPage: Discuss the cartoon and question at your table. Artist Dain Fagerholm creates these stereographic GIF drawings that are simply amazing.

22 What does this cartoon say about immigration and the history of America?

23 What does this cartoon say about our attitude towards immigration today?

24 And this?

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26 And what does this say about American attitudes towards immigration?

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28 Current Issues in Immigration Who gets in legally and why/how many? Who gets in legally and why/how many? 4-12 million illegals; what to do? 4-12 million illegals; what to do? –Path to citizenship or path back home Should we try to stop the flow? Should we try to stop the flow? –Increased border patrol? Border fence? “Virtual” border fence? Open border? –How will these increased security measures be funded? “Guest-workers” and illegals working in the US; “Guest-workers” and illegals working in the US; –Help or hurt the economy? Guest Worker : someone who travels (legally or illegally) to another country for a specified time to work and does not necessarily intend to stay Guest Worker : someone who travels (legally or illegally) to another country for a specified time to work and does not necessarily intend to stay How urgent is this problem? How urgent is this problem? –Is American security impacted by immigration or are there other issues that are more important?

29 Everyone Agrees the System is Broken As is…. But What to Do to Fix It? Congress is currently debating more than a dozen proposals to alter or overhaul US immigration policy

30 The Last Word/FrontPage What symbol/statue would you create for the US/Mexican border to send an immigration message? What symbol/statue would you create for the US/Mexican border to send an immigration message? Should the US still support that message on the Statue of Liberty? Should the US still support that message on the Statue of Liberty?


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