As of the last U.S. census what percentage of Americans were foreign born*?
*(Not U.S. citizens at birth)
How accurate was your prediction?
Is this a good thing?
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What story does this tell about the change in the foreign born population in America over time?
What is one cause of that change?
What is one consequence of that change?
What story does this data tell about where the United States is today?
Is this the largest percent of foreign born Americans ever?
What percent of the signers of the U.S. Constitution were born citizens of the United States?**
Who was the first American president who was born an American citizen?***
What might an American Indian say to an American ho was concerned about the percent of people living in this land who were not citizens at birth?
In 2016, were more more foreign born Americans Hispanic or Asian?****
If you asked the average American to guess the percent of foreign born citizens what would they guess?
If you asked the average Donald Trump voter to guess the percent of foreign born citizens what would they guess?
What would a typical American liberal and a typical American conservative say about the percentage of Americans who are foreign born?
What is one current policy of the Trump administration that can be connected to this data.
What percent of foreign born Americans are unauthorized immigrants?****
Here’s what the U.S. constitution says about the U.S. census. “ The "Census clause" or sometimes called the "Enumeration clause" is found in Article I, 1, § 2, cl. 3 of Constitution. After taking into account the removal and additions that have occurred with later amendments, that clause reads as follows: "Representatives . . . shall be apportioned among the several States . . . according to their respective Numbers . . . . The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct." Further, Section 2 of the Fourteenth Amendment states that "Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed."
The Trump administration wants to add a question to the 2020 U.S. census asking about citizenship status. Why do you think they are doing this?
What do you think will be one effect of this question?
If you were an undocumented alien do you think that would make you more likely or less likely to complete the census?
Do you think the census should count the number of people in the United States?
Do you approve of having a citizenship question on the census?
How does the census connect to federalism?
***Martin Van Buren (1782-1862) was the first president to be born a citizen of the United States and not a British subject.