MC_201_Midterm_Question_Outline - MC 201 Midterm Questions...

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MC 201 Midterm Questions [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] I. What impact do the American debates about immigration have on your understanding of the requirements of American citizenship and the rights of immigrants? Your answer should take into account Tocqueville's discussion of the meaning of citizenship (for example, his account of the role of civil associations), Tichenor's examination of the historical context of those debates, and "Farmingville’s” and Boyle's juxtaposition of differing perspectives on these issues. Intercept Stop services to immigrants Guest work program Aid mexico Facts o Almost two-thirds (64%) say that illegal immigration is a very serious problem in the United States. o About three-quarters (74%) favor providing and enforcing major penalties to employers convicted of hiring illegal immigrants. o A majority (55%) think the U.S. would be "better off" by deporting all illegal immigrants and toughening security at the borders compared to about one-third (35%) who think the U.S. would be "worse off." o About 3-in-4 (76%) favor allowing illegal immigrants in the U.S., citizenship if they learn English, have a job and pay taxes; o Most (73%) favor a guest worker program for illegal immigrants, with a quarter (23%) opposing. o About two-thirds (64%) favor granting temporary visas to immigrants not currently in the US to do seasonal work here and then return to their own countries; A majority (56%) think illegal immigrants are taking jobs that U.S. citizens do not want or cannot do. This Question is going to be discussed tomorrow in our group once we have a better idea of what the question is going to encorporate II. Discuss the question of whether the historical changes in immigration policy in America, which Tichenor addresses, indicate that the framers' constitutional design is working as intended or not? Using Tichenor’s historical and political analysis in Dividing Lines , discuss the ways in which immigration policy has developed in the American constitutional system. Using specific examples from Tichenor’s discussion
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of immigration policy as well as his overall historical narrative of immigration policy discuss the strengths and weaknesses of American political institutions. Outline The Focus point of this essay should incorporate the four main ideas provided by Tichoner I’ve provided some basic examples from our discussion on examples to use. Strengths of the framers is represented by the inability for current public passion to take control. This means that the system is working because public passions of the time are excluded from policymaking Weakness is caused by 3 main things: 1. Inability for racist change to occur (ie. It took until the end for WWII to end the Chinese Exclusion policy – See path dependency theory for more info), 2. Interest Groups have too much influence on politics (ie some interest groups control congressmen) 3. Citizenship is crucial to affect change (specific to illegal immigrants – they
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