Short Writing Assignment No. 4, due Monday, November 23, by 11:59pm. Memo on immigration policy (individual assignment). Full instructions:
Memo on Immigration Policy (individual assignment)
Due: Monday November 23, 2020, by 11:59pm
Suggested Length: Your paper should be 1000-1250 words (4-5 pages, double spaced)
Prepare a memo for either President-elect Biden, a Senator, or Congress member with your analysis of how American immigration policy can be improved. Concentrate on one aspect of immigration policy that you think is broken and discuss how it works now, how it might be improved, and what the intended and unintended consequences of your new policy might be. You might focus on asylum policy, policy towards the undocumented, border control, per country visa allocations, family immigration, employment immigration, temporary migration, or another topic. Be sure to discuss the reasons the current law or policy came into existence, how the elected official might change it, and what the prospects for enacting such a change are. Can the change be made through executive orders or does it need legislation? Who is likely to support your new proposal and who is likely to oppose it? Why?
Late assignments. Ordinarily, tardy assignments will lose one grade level for each day or fraction of a day in their delayed arrival. In other words, a B-plus assignment handed in two days late will receive the grade of B-minus. New deadlines are possible if a student misses a deadline due to properly documented illness or difficulties associated with the pandemic crisis.
Course Collaboration Policy. Grades for the two collaborative short writing assignments will be assigned to all students in the group. For the two individual short writing assignments, the quizzes, and the course final assignment, each person is expected to present his or her own work. Discussion is always encouraged, but when doing individual work on writing assignments or exams, students should not exchange written outlines or texts. Work presented by an individual student must always properly cite quotations and indicate sources of evidence for each claim. Although materials beyond the course may be used, students are expected to master the course readings and cite parts of them where relevant.