For centuries, a steady influx of people from other countries has helped make the United States a nation comprised of immigrants. Today, many people are asking questions about the country’s immigration policies—important questions that we need to consider together.
This deliberative forum takes a step back from the policy debates in political circles and the media. Instead, it provides a framework for considering the kind of immigration policies we ought to have as a nation, how those policies affect our communities, and the kinds of values and goals we want to guide immigration decisions.
This framework presents three options for moving forward, each coming from a different perspective and each reflecting a different set of ideas about what should be done. Most people will find something to agree with in all three approaches, but each also has trade-offs, risks, or drawbacks, that need to be taken into account and worked through.
1) Welcome Immigrants, Be a Beacon of Freedom
2) Enforce the Law, Be Fair to Those Who Follow the Rules
3) Slow Down and Rebuild Our Common Bonds
National Issues Forums (NIF) is a nonpartisan, nationwide network of locally sponsored public forums for the consideration of public policy issues.
NIF Issue Advisory: here
NIF Issue Guide: https://www.nifi.org/en/issue-guide/coming-america
A Public Voice: https://www.apublicvoice.org/
Join Campus Dialogue & Deliberation at this deliberative forum to hear people of diverse views and experiences, seek a shared understanding of the problems, and search for common ground for action.