Before you begin, your group must answer a basic philosophic question-- What is the proper role of the federal government in our country, and what functions should it perform? Answer this in the form of a blog post attached td to this site. Run your mouse over the icons in the upper right, find the one that says something about adding a discussion post, and click on that one, then add a post on your thoughts--each group member gets a grade for this, and each must post. If you all agree, each of you must contribute your own thoughts on why you answered as you did. After you have posted, you may go to the other Wikipages and read the posts of others. If you choose to repond to their posts, remember that your responses must be respectful of the thoughts of others--answer with reason, not emotion.

Now, let's get to the rest of the assignment.

"I like legal immigration. I'd have the number of visas that we give to people here that come here legally, determined in part by the needs of our employment community. But we have to secure our border and crack down on those that bring folks here and hire here illegally." Aug. 11, 2011 Mitt Romney

Ir's Feb. 2013 and President Mitt Romney is asking congress not only to build a fence covering the entire length of the U.S./Mexican border, but to reduce the number of legal immigrants.
You are a sociology professor at a university. You've been asked to testify before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. You were asked to testify because, unlike many of the "experts," you have no financial interest in the decision that Congress will ultimately make.

Prepare a report giving a history of this issue. Take a side, state your position clearly, and convince the committee that your position is the correct one. Because you know some on the committee will disagree with you, you must be very careful to chose reliable sources and give them credit. ?

Today--you must decide how to approach your work/ Who is going to do what? What deadlines do you need to meet along the way? After that, you can begin the project. At some point you must also decide what form do you want your presentation to take. Your teacher may decide to expand or limit your options, but, here is an initial list to consider:

  1. a Wiki, (you can use this page),
  2. Glog(which can include links), --some schools may permit the use of glog.com, in our district you'll have to use
  3. Prezi,
  4. PowerPoint,
  5. A video you produce,
  6. LiveBinder

You may want to investigate each of these. Some of them require that you set up an account, receive a verification Email, and click on a verification link.

Because you know there will be those on the committee who disagree with you, you must be very careful to chose reliable sources and give them credit. As you research, you can paste resource links on your page to make them easy to return to, or, your teacher may wish to have you set up accounts at a social bookmarking site such as Diigo, where you can collect favorites/bookmarks, highlight them, and add your own remarks.

At the end of the project your teacher may ask that you do a group self-evaluation.

A good place to start your research might be here.