Border War

President Trump claims there is a crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. How do this year’s number of border patrol apprehensions on the southwest US border compare to apprehensions over the past 30 years?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. How accurate is Trump’s immigration crisis claim?

  3. What story does the data tell?

  4. Since the year 2000 what trend do you see in the data?

  5. Why do you think that is?

  6. What is one consequence of that trend?

  7. In general, explain whether the data from the chart is good news or bad.

  8. Given the fact that migration is actually decreasing, why do you think there has been such a sense of crisis and such a strong push from Trump and his base of supporters to build a border wall?

  9. Based on the data, would you describe this moment in time as an immigration crisis?

  10. Given the fact that more people are in the U.S. illegally by overstaying their visa than by crossing the Southern border, and that most of those people entered the U.S. through airports, do you believe we should build walls around all major U.S. airports?

  11. In what way is the “border crisis” related to the government shutdown?

  12. Make a list of the three biggest crises facing the US and your best solution to each crisis:

  13. Considering your list, would you consider it worthwhile shutting down the government to force your solution to that crisis?

  14. In what way could the following people end the government shutdown:

  • President

  • House

  • Senate

  • You

Learning Extension

Read the hottest new issue of the Pew Research Center’s new teen style magazine that Everybody’s talking about!

Action Extension

Contact your lawmaker and let them know what you think about the government shutdown and funding for the wall? You may phone the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senate or House office you request. Or you can find email contact information for the U.S. House of Representatives here or the U.S. Senate here. Or you may phone the White House and leave a contact at 202-456-1111 or contact them online here.



Visual Extension

Number of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. declined over the past decade
Table showing that the estimated unauthorized immigrant total declines or holds steady from most regions.

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What happened to the number of ICE immigration arrests in 2017?

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Critical Questions

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What is the big story of ICE immigration arrests in 2017?

  3. Why do you think that happened?

  4. What is one consequence of this?

  5. Is this good news?

  6. Some U.S. cities have said that they will not assist ICE with immigration arrests. What does this have to do with federalism?

  7. Do you agree that cities should not help ICE with federal immigration enforcement?

  8. What is the overall trend in ICE immigration arrests over the past 8 years?

  9. Were average annual ICE immigration arrests higher under Obama or Trump? Seriously?!?!?

  10. What are the best two words that rhyme with ICE?

  11. How would the typical U.S. Democrat and the typical U.S. Republican respond to this data?

  12. What power does the POTUS have to control ICE?

  13. What power does Congress have to control ICE?

  14. What does this have to do with DACA?

  15. In what parts of the country did ICE arrests increase the most?*

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Learning Extension

Read the article about ICE arrests from PEW.

Action Extension

Contact the President and tell him what you think about rising ICE immigration arrests.

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Immigration in the Nation

In your state, what is the most commonly held job by immigrants?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What story does this map tell?

  3. What most surprised you about this information?

  4. How many first generation immigrants do you know?

  5. Is the information in this map good news or bad news?

  6. How different do you think this map would have been a century ago?

  7. Which state's data is the most similar to what you expected?

  8. Which state's data is the least similar to what you expected?

  9. Based on this map, what generalizations can you make about immigrant jobs in America.

  10. Why do immigrants come all the way to our county for these jobs which are generally low-pay and low-prestige?

  11. Explain how the sorts of jobs depicted in the map being held by immigrants impacts American workers.

  12. Explain how the data from this map impacted the 2016 presidential election.

  13. Describe the story of your family's immigration to the US?

  14. If Donald Trump had his way & the US erected an impassable border fence & then evicted all the undocumented aliens, how would our country be different?

  15. In the comments section below, advise an immigrant about whether they should move to the US or not:


Learning Extension

Read the NY Times story, Losing hope in the U.S., Migrants Making Icy Crossing to Canada.


Action Extension

Everyone has a different story, but whether it was crossing the Bering Strait on foot, surviving the Middle Passage in the belly of a slave ship, slipping across the Sonoran Desert at night, or steaming the Atlantic from Liverpool, at some point, everyone's family immigrated to the US. Talk to your parents and relatives to find out more about your family's immigration story. Share the details of your immigration story online or in class.

 

Melting Pot?

What is the ancestry with the largest population where you live?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What most surprised you about this information?

  3. According to the map, What is the most homogeneous part of the nation?

  4. What story does this map tell?

  5. What is one factor to explain the ancestry with the largest population where you live:

  6. Do you believe this is a happy story or a sad story?

  7. How do you imagine this map looked different 50 years ago?

  8. What do you imagine this map will look like in 50 more years?

  9. How do you imagine this map affected the 2016 presidential elections?

  10. What do you think the average Donald J Trump voter would say about this map?

  11. In the comments section, explain what this map tells you about the idea that America is a melting pot:


Learning Extension

Browse more of the maps as Vox tells the story of immigration through maps:


Action Extension

Contact the Republican Party or the Democratic Party and, based on the data in the map, explain to them what electoral strategy they should adopt.

Immigreat or Immibad

What portion of American adults think immigrants are making American society better in the long run?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What most surprised you about this information?

  3. What are two trends do you see in the chart?

  4. What is the big story the chart tells?

  5. Why do you think this is?

  6. What is the consequence of this?

  7. How will the information from this chart affect the 2016 election?

  8. Which of the demographic groups listed in the chart would be most likely to vote for Donald Trump who has vowed to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants?

  9. You are an immigrant. If we go far enough back, we all are (even Native Americans). When did your family immigrate to the US?

  10. Do you think immigrants are making American society better in the long run?


Learning Extension

Behold this very cool interactive chart on the % of Americans who are foreign born citizens from the Pew Research Center report on Immigration.

 


Action Extension

Browse the Clinton and Trump policy positions on immigration and support the candidate (vote, put up a sign, plaster a bumper sticker, campaign, get out the vote, donate) you'd prefer to become America's 45th president.