My topic was about immigration and the immigration executive order that was put into affect after Trump was elected. The ban was dubbed the Muslim ban because it focused on 6 predominantly Muslim countries. It halted immigration from these countries for up to 90 days and banned refugees from Syria all together.
The first essay i did was evaluative. I spoke in detail about the ban and the issue at large. I spoke about why people were afraid of immigrants and how this left the nation divided. I also explained the consequences that came with banning immigrants from entering the u.s. The second essay i did was a rebuttal paper. I chose one article that gave very good reasons as to why the U.S should not allow immigrants and then i chose an article that proved each one of those view points wrong. The last essay i did was a policy argument since this topic is very broad and affects essentially the whole world. I called on the U.S government to do something. I included many different stats to persuade them towards my idea.
My research method was difficult since my topic is fairly new. The issue started around end of of January so i did not have a lot to work with. Most of the articles I found were a bit bias as they were opinion articles so i tried to weed those out. It was also difficult finding new sources for each essay and trying not to sound too repetitive . I used google to look for articles, mainly i would put a filter and find articles that had come out just that day and also found them from reliable sources that were said not to be bias. since my topic was broad i used stats from years before going as far back as the 1900s to talk about how immigrants have affected the U.S thus far.
Some articles I have used are listed below:
Foster, Howard W., C. Christine Fair, Grover G. Norquist, and Riju Agrawal. “Why More Immigration Is Bad for America.” The National Interest. The Center for the National Interest, 5 Sept. 2014. Web. 03 Apr. 2017.
Pérez-Peña, Richard. “Contrary to Trump’s Claims, Immigrants Are Less Likely to Commit Crimes.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 26 Jan. 2017. Web. 03 Apr. 2017.
Senne, Steven. “How Many Immigrants, Refugees Come to the United States, and Which Countries They Come from – The Boston Globe.” BostonGlobe.com. Metro, 30 Jan. 2017. Web. 03 Apr. 2017.
“Snapshot of U.S Immigration 2016.” NCSL. National Conference of State Legislatures, 24 Feb. 2016. Web. 03 Apr. 2017.
For the most part i did not learn anything new. I have always from the beginning believed that immigrants are what built America and banning them is a heartless thing to do. I was however very happy to find statistics that proved Crime rates and violence cannot be blamed on immigrants alone. I also liked that the Obama administration accepted Syrian refugees just last year. I hope to see more immigration reform in the future and the executive ban gone.