Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Title: Critics Say North Caroline Is Curbing Black Vote. Again.


Summary: This article is reporting on the Supreme Court's decision to deny Voting Restrictions that North Carolina and other states tried to include. These voters restrictions would make it harder for minorities or poor people to vote. The restrictions would have included: limiting voting to one weekend day, and early voting to only 1 voting polling place in an area of 408 miles. That would make it very hard for poor people or anyone without transportation to get to the station. Critics are connecting this restriction to North Carolina trying to restrict monitories voting rights, including African Americans. This isn't the first time North Carolina tried to suppress Blacks voting rights, either. Their 2013 voting rules also tried to discourage African Americans from voting. 

US History Connection: This article relates to Proposition 187 in CA of 1995, which restricted illegal immigrants from public education. These relate because in both instances, the people in charge tried to give immigrants, or minorities, less rights than the majorities or other people. It is singling them out and not giving them the same rights and attention as the other people.
Discussion Question: Why do you think people are still trying to limit the rights of minorities even after all these years?

Friday, August 26, 2016

Title: U.S. to Admit More Central American Refugees


-Summary/Reaction to the Article: The article details an expansion of an already existed program that allows unaccompanied minors to come to the US as refugees and then allows their families to be legally allowed as caregivers.  The program is designed to help Central American refugees and since the program began two years ago, there have been 9,500 applicants.  In addition, Costa Rica has agreed to be host sites to help refugees from Central American countries go through their first security screenings.  Trump and the Republicans are opposed to this policy and believe the Obama administration is “misusing authority.”  

-US History Connection: This article relates to the Refugee Act of 1980.  In 1980, the US created a new category of immigrants who could be allowed into the US due to fear for their lives if they remain in their home country.  The current policy with Central American refugees is simply a continuation of the original goals of the refugee program.  

-Question for Discussion: How might the US continue to admit refugees into the country in the future?  Should the focus be on admitting children and families?  Should the US focus on specific regions that need assistance?  

Title: US expects to surpass Syrian refugee admissions target

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-Summary/Reaction to the Article: This article focuses on the Syrian refugee crisis and how the US is helping.  The Obama administration originally set a goal for 2016 to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees into the US and it looks like that goal will be met and then exceeded in the coming weeks.  Initially it was very tough for a Syrian refugee to gain entrance into the US, but the US has increased staffing at processing locations in neighboring countries so that both the interviews and security checks are moving much quicker.   While some support these efforts and insist the US is using rigorous screening processes, some are also concerned, including Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, who fear increasing the number of refugees to the US could increase the threat of terrorism within the US.  

-US History Connection: I can connect this article to the Displaced Peoples Act of 1945 when the US government agreed to let in up to 400,000 refugees from World War II into the US.  The current policy with Syrian refugees is very similar.  

-Question(s) for Discussion: As the war in Syria continues, should the US continue to increase the number of refugees into the US?  How might this policy impact both Americans as well as the international community?   

Title: Presidential Campaign Strategies Shaped Early By Immigration


-Summary/Reaction to the Article: This article emphasizes that Trump has made immigration reform a key part of his campaign from the very beginning.  He has suggested that building a border wall and other immigration restrictions would help to protect US jobs and reduce crime.  In contrast, Clinton has argued that our current immigration policy is not effective, that immigrants are an important part of America, and that the 12 million illegal immigrants already in the US should be given a path to citizenship.  Clearly, the two candidates differ on how they would tackle immigration and this will be a major factor in how people vote in November.  

-US History Connection: In our study of US immigration policy, we have learned that the Immigration Act of 1986 did provide illegal immigrants already in the US a path to citizenship – this is very similar to Clinton’s plan.  We also learned that the Immigration Act of 1996 greatly increased the US border patrol which is supported by Trump’s plan.  

-Question for Discussion: How do you think immigration policies and proposals by the two candidates will impact the outcome of the election?