For Further Discussion
1. What examples of the harms of illegal immigration does Ted Hayes provide? What specific refutations of these harms does Richard Rayner make, if any? Explain.
2. Unlike Ted Hayes, Richard Rayner provides personal details on the lives and circumstances of individuals who happen to be illegal immigrants. What do you think is the purpose of such personalization? Do you believe it was effective in supporting his arguments? Explain your answers.
3. Does the fact that Richard Rayner is himself an immigrant instead of a native-born American lend more or less validity to his views, in your opinion? Or is it irrelevant to the debate? Why or why not?
4. FAIR argues that poor working Americans are overlooked in the immigration debate. Can this criticism be extended to Robert Scheer’s article? Explain.
5. Who do you believe presents the strongest arguments about the effects of illegal immigration on border areas, Glynn Custred or Maria Jiménez? Do you think your views on immigration would be affected if you lived in the areas described by the authors? Why or why not?
6. After reading the viewpoints of Josh Moenning and Mark Krikorian, as well as the others in this chapter, do you believe the problems illegal immigration may cause are the same as those caused by legal immigration? What is the main difference, if any, between the two? Explain.
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