-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?