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Unit 4: The Executive Branch and the Enforcement of Immigration Law


In hopes that we can all gain a little clarity on what the new administration's actions on immigration might mean -- and whether or to what extent they might lead to different outcomes than those that occurred under Obama and G.W. Bush -- the point of this unit is for you to delve into the details of one of three different aspects of immigration enforcement during the Obama administration.

Here's how it's going to work:

On the course blackboard page, you'll see a folder called "Unit 4."  When you open that folder, you'll see 3 more folders: "Prosecutorial Discretion in Immigration Enforcement,"  "Unaccompanied Alien Children and the 2014 Crisis," and "Secure Communities, Detainers, Priority Enforcement and 'Sanctuary'."  Each folder contain documents that focus on a particular aspect of immigration enforcement under Obama.

Your assignment for this unit is to pick ONE of these folders, and then answer the following prompt:
THE DUE DATE FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT IS 11:59PM, Monday May 8

Q1

Which of the 3 folders are you basing this assignment on?

SCORING:  1 point if you write something that makes it total clear which folder you used on the course blackboard page.  0 points otherwise.

Q2

Focusing on choices made by the Obama administration, or outcomes of those choices from the material you read, briefly describe an event or set of events that you found puzzling or surprising.  Include quotes from the materials you read that clarify exactly what event(s) you are referring to.  Use parenthetical citations, with page numbers included, so that we can find the text you mean.  If you are referred to events illustrated in the video of the senate hearing (from the case on Unaccompanied Alien Children), describe the verbal exchange you are thinking of (including some direct transcriptions of what was said), and note the time in the video at which what you describe occurred.

SCORING: 1 point if you refer to an event that actually happened according to the material on the course blackboard page, and if the citations you provide allow us to locate the text (or video excerpt) that describes or illustrates that event.  1/2 a point if you refer to an event, provide citations that allow us to locate the text/video, but you have to some extent inaccurately represented what actually happened.  0 points otherwise.

Q3

In no more than half a page of text, describe the experiences, prior knowledge or assumptions you brought to this class that make those events surprising or puzzling to you.

SCORING: 1 point if you do this.  0 points otherwise.

Q4

(a) state a general insight you have gained from what you've read in the folder you selected about the means through which or the extent to which the president and his political appointees can affect immigration enforcement. 
(b) use that general insight to explain the thing you described as puzzling or surprising in Q2.

SCORING:  1 point if what you write as a "general insight" is a reasonable conclusion to draw from the material in the selected folder, and if you in fact offer an explanation for the event you described in Q2.  1/2 a point if you offer a general insight and an explanation, but the insight itself is not perfectly well-justified in light of the material in the folder you selected.  0 points otherwise.

Grading:

If you get at least 1/2 point on all 4 questions, your four-point score on this assignment is 2.75 + (Number of points you got)*(1.25/4)
Otherwise, your four-point score on this assignment is the number of points you got.

Academic honesty and turning in the assignment.

All the usually restrictions apply -- you can talk about this assignment verbally with others, but you may not share any text.

To turn the assignment in, write it in a google doc and put the google doc in your drive folder for the course.
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