Sharing Immigrant Experiences in the Classroom
Exploring the perspectives of immigrants with students helps them better understand the meaning of citizenship in a democracy.
Immigration remains one of the most contentious issues facing America. Social studies teachers, therefore, need to bring the conversation about immigration to our students.
PERSONAL NARRATIVE AS A SPRINGBOARD FOR CONVERSATION
Depending on the testimonial or speaker, teachers may focus the classroom conversation on any number of difficult topics. If educators couple firsthand accounts of migration with concerns about border security and undocumented immigration, for instance, students may begin to recognize the challenges lawmakers face in trying to address people’s desire for a better life with the mission to uphold existing law.
How should lawmakers balance the safety and well-being of American citizens with our country’s ideals and historic role as a place of sanctuary and opportunity for newcomers? How do we decide who gets to come here and how? How should our nation humanely enforce the law on its southern border, while not incentivizing a journey in which many are killed or exploited? What, ultimately, is America’s responsibility to its own people, and to the people of the world?
The EU’s new plans for a border force of 10,000 guards yet again shows its unwillingness to defend the fundamental rights of refugees.
Posted by Le Monde diplomatique in English on Monday, September 10, 2018
Spain Becomes New Target for Migrants
Although the number of migrants making their way across the Mediterranean to Europe has fallen drastically, the preferred overseas route has now moved westward to the strait between Morocco and Spain. Now Rome, Madrid and North African countries are battling to find a solution.
Across the strait, in Spain, the consequences are coming into view: Last Saturday, on the beach at Zahora, near Cape Trafalgar, about 50 refugees sprinted among the nearly naked swimmers and nudists as their wooden boat reached the coast. There was an uproar on the beach and some of the vacationers filmed the scene. The images, which were posted on the internet soon after, show the collision between two worlds.
Venezuela’s Deepening Crisis Triggers Mass Migration Into Colombia
February 20, 20184:57 PM ET JOHN OTIS
Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group, a political risk consulting firm, calls it the world’s “least-talked-about” immigration crisis.
Former Agent Says, ‘Border Patrol Does Good Work … But There’s Tension There’
February 6, 20184:57 AM ET STEVE INSKEEP
And so I really think, no matter what obstacle we put at the border, it’s going to be subverted. People are going to find a way up, over, under or around it.”