Make Perception Great Again

AP U.S. Government and Politics

The average American thinks that over 40% of the population is foreign born. What percentage of the current U.S. population is actually foreign born? 

AP US Government and Politics

AP US Government and Politics

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What story does this stupid chart tell?

  3. How accurate is the average American's prediction?

  4. What are two reasons that explain such a big difference between reality and perception regarding immigrants?

  5. So???? What is a consequence of this difference between reality and perception?

  6. If the average American knew that about 10% of our population was foreign born, what is one government policy that might change?

  7. If the average American knew that about 10% of our population was foreign born, how do you think public opinion towards the Trump administration might change?

  8. Above all, what institutions are responsible for creating U.S. immigration policy?

  9. Above all, what institutions are responsible for enforcing U.S. immigration policy?

  10. How does American perception of immigration compare to that of other countries?

  11. What do you think accounts for this difference?

  12. What are some other policy areas where American perception and reality are equally divergent?

  13. What do you think Donald Trump would have to say about this information?

  14. Why do you think that about 10% of our population is foreign born, and how do you think this compares to U.S. historical levels of immigration?

  15. How do you think demographics and party affiliation impact the perception of foreign born population?

  16. Imagine that you wanted to reduce the % of foreign born population in the U.S. What is one thing the government could do?

Learning Extension

Listen to this groovy NPR report: How America's Idea of Illegal Immigration Doesn't Always Match Reality

Action Extension

Contact your Congressperson and share your opinion about the percentage of U.S. population that is foreign born, and one suggestion of what they could do about it.

Visual Learning Extension

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