Debate Preparation and Summary Worksheet

Section 1: Debate Preparation

My Position Statement

Children of undocumented immigrants should have a birthright to the United States citizenship. One of the arguments in support of such a position is that providing birthright citizenship to such children is essential in strengthening the power of the nation’s democracy. Another argument is that such children can only be of economic importance to the nation if their citizenship is protected by birth. Lastly, providing a birthright citizenship to the children of undocumented immigrants can be used as an effective way of ensuring that American Americans are assimilated within the society. On that account, it signifies how powerful American culture is on a global cultural scale.

Summary of the Arguments Supporting the Position

Supporting Argument 1: Strengthens the Power of the Nation’s Democracy

While the United States is applauded as a democratic nation, provision of citizenship to undocumented immigrants’ children is essential in strengthening its democratic power. One of the ways in which it strengthens the power of the nation’s democracy is that it provides the right for such children to be voted for in various political positions (Gulbas & Zayas, 2017). Their political ideologies may be significant in changing the development capability of the nation which can only be achieved if they are citizens (Gulbas & Zayas, 2017). The other way is that birthright citizenship enables such children to vote thereby empowering them to transform the political atmosphere of the nation to achieve global political dominance and stability (Capps & Zong, 2016). Lastly, birthright citizenship to children of undocumented immigrants is essential in fulfilling the nation’s requirement for dual citizenship (Gulbas & Zayas, 2017). Therefore, it justifies why the federal government preserves the right for dual citizenship in the constitution.

Supporting Argument 2: They Can be of Economic Importance

Children of undocumented immigrants can only be of economic benefit to the United States if they are citizens. First, acquisition of birthright citizenship will make them liable to paying federal and state taxes which are of significant economic importance to the nation (Foner, 2010). Secondly, they can only be able to apply for jobs if they have permanent residence in the United States that is preserved through citizenship and become an important part of the workforce unlike when they lack citizenship which increases their risk of deportation (Gulbas & Zayas, 2017). Lastly, citizenship by birth enables such children to provide employment opportunities even to native United States citizens (Gulbas & Zayas, 2017). In essence, it provides them with the economic right of starting organizations and business activities. Therefore, they become economically viable and strive to reduce high unemployment rates.

Supporting Argument 3: It’s a Powerful Force for Assimilation

Provision of birthright citizenship to children of undocumented immigrants is essential in facilitating their integration and improved understand of the social norms and values of the American society. Therefore, achieving assimilation through providing citizenship to such children improves the security of the American society by decreasing the risk of terrorism activities that can be conducted by such children or their relatives (Foner, 2010). Apart from an improved security, provision of citizenship to such children for the purpose of achieving assimilation provides more tourism outreach opportunities for the United States by increasing its cultural diversity thereby improving its economic stability (Foner, 2010). Lastly, achieving assimilation of such children through citizenship is essential in providing them with more employment opportunities (Gulbas & Zayas, 2017). The fact that the U.S is an economically dominant nation provides them with an opportunity to better their future lives if they are assimilated through citizenship.

Section 2: Counter Arguments

Possible counterarguments and Rebuttals

COUNTER ARGUMENTS

  • Providing birthright citizenship to immigrants’ children may lead to increased risk of illegal immigration.
  • The risk of an increase in illegal immigration may lead to unanticipated rapid population growth rates.
  • There will be a transfer of burden of immigrant generational problems.

REBUTTALS (with citations as appropriate)

  • Illegal immigration will continue due to the U.S economic capabilities and not the need for birthright citizenship for children (Capps & Zong, 2016).
  • The United States has measures to counter unanticipated rapid population growth rates and adjust its economic and social policies based on the effects that they may yield (Gulbas & Zayas, 2017).
  • The economic and political contributions of immigrant children will be essential in developing strategies, policies and measures needed to address problems of future generations (Vargas & Ybarra, 2017).

4. Summary and Conclusion.

There are three possible arguments against allowing children of undocumented immigrants to have U.S citizenship by birth. First, it may lead to an increase in illegal immigrants since most immigrants will develop the perception that their children will automatically become U.S citizens by birth (Will, 2010). Secondly, an increase in illegal immigration as a result of such perception may result into unanticipated population growth rates that may slow the nation’s economic and social development (Will, 2010). Lastly, providing of birthright citizenship to children of undocumented immigrants may lead to the transfer of the burden of immigrant problems which may include social, economic and health challenges that may be inherited by their future generations and shouldered by the government.

From an assessment of the reasons behind migration into the United States, immigrants have moved to the nation mainly due to its economic dominance. Therefore, the perception of undocumented children birthright citizenship could least contribute to illegal immigration (Capps & Zong, 2016). While illegal immigration undoubtedly leads to increased population growth rates, the federal government can implement measures such as family planning and women empowerment to counter any of its unanticipated population growth rates effects (Gulbas & Zayas, 2017). Lastly, the social, economic and health challenges that may be experienced by future generations of undocumented immigrants’ children can be addressed by the strategies, policies and measures that such children will develop due to their increased economic capacity and political voting power (Vargas & Ybarra, 2017). Therefore, allowing children of undocumented immigrants to be citizens by birth will not only strengthen the democratic capability of the United States but also provide economic benefits when they become assimilated within the American society.

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