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Resolved, that immigrant labor is detrimental to the nation.

Throughout the United States, the presence of foreign workers is increasing yearly. They have an increasing role in the United States labor force. The United States has a deserved reputation for being a nation of immigrants, who have historically been important to our country. American companies have not failed to take advantage of the supply of workers, and foreign workers, including illegals, are now key to the U.S. economy. Removing them would have unknown negative effects. Foreign born workers have accounted for more than half of the U.S. labor force growth in the past decade. While native-born Americans are often uncomfortable with the influx of other cultures and presence of many willing workers competing for jobs, the U.S. has always been taking in huge amounts of immigrants and been fine.
• Foreign born workers are taking jobs native born workers deserve and should have
• Large numbers of immigrants have slowed the growth of wages for Americans.
• Many immigrants do not speak English very well, if at all, and affect the culture where they are, often having difficulty assimilating
• Roughly 35% of foreign born workers are illegal
• The United States economy could attract more capital, as investors see opportunities in economic growth due to immigrant labor
• Many American companies rely on immigrant labor
• There are generally lower prices for consumers on immigrant-produced goods and services because of cheap labor
• Immigrants have historically been a boon for America

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Resolved, that levels of legal immigration be reduced when the national unemployment rate is 8% and above.

With the national unemployment rate at a worrisome 9.6%, many believe that legal immigration should be scaled back in order to provide more job opportunities for American citizens. Despite that fact, the legal immigration level continues to rise.  Whereas illegal immigrants take jobs many Americans do not want, legal immigrants take jobs that American citizens desire. Many people demand that these jobs stay in the hands of Americans, and that more immigrants will only do harm to the economy. But others contend that reducing the number of legal immigrants allowed in the country only increases the number of immigrants who come illegally.  Should America limit the number of legal immigrants, or will that only worsen the already horrendous problem of illegal immigration?

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Resolved, that the United States Constitution be amended to replace birthright citizenship with hereditary citizenship.

Known as the Citizenship Clause, the first clause of the Fourteenth Amendment states, “[A]ll persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” This clause, which establishes jus soli or “right of territory,” has been the center of recent controversy.  In light of record levels of immigration, legal and illegal, and measures taken to combat the influx of people from other countries, legislators across the nation have considered amending the Constitution to replace birthright citizenship with hereditary citizenship.  Proponents of amending the Constitution argue that birthright citizenship encourages illegal immigrants to have children in the country in order to avoid deportation. Supporters of birthright citizenship argue that it is an important part of the Constitution and is part of the reason why immigrants flock to the U.S. in search of better lives and greater freedom. Nonetheless, many maintain that drastic action needs to be taken to address the problem of illegal immigration.  Would amending the U.S. Constitution to replace birthright citizenship with hereditary citizenship be just drastic enough?

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