What’s the Big Deal about Immigration?
Purpose: In this essay, you will continue to work on using quotations from your
readings, introducing them, and supporting them with analysis. Furthermore, you
will continue to use citations with MLA formatting (including font, margins, and
spacing). Finally, we will practice transitions and methods of organization.
These elements will be combined with your previous work on thesis statements,
topic sentences, and supporting details.
Minimum Word Count: 900 (Maximum 1000)
Total Points: 150
Readings: What Matters in America (Chapter 6)
“Kidding Ourselves about Immigration” (226)
“Educating Illegal Immigrants” (229)
“Anchor Babies” (232)
“America’s Real Dream Team” (236)
“Immigrants Are Crucial to the American Dream” (241)
“The Next Americans” (251)
“The Problem with Question 36” (242)
Topic: Using the readings to help you reflect on the challenges of immigration,
write an essay in which you consider the following question. To what extent is
immigration beneficial or harmful to the US? Explain why. What, if
anything, should be done in the current situation?
• You must quote from at least two (2) articles and include a Works Cited page.
• You must answer all parts of the question.
• You should carefully consider the arguments of your opponents. This is not a
• Make sure that you understand MLA citations and formatting. You can find
instructions for MLA format in The Little Seagull Handbook, starting on page 93.
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