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What is your position on the issue of amnesty? Do you think that illegal immigrants should be granted amnesty? If so, why? If not, then what are the alternatives? Some states, like Arizona and others have and are writing new laws in response to illegal immigration from Mexico. What are your thoughts on some of those new laws? Do you think that boarder states have more at stake than the rest of the country? Although Mexican immigrants are thought of most often in association with these types of debates, there are immigrants from all over the world who are subject to these new laws. Should the country an immigrant is from or the number of immigrants from that country matter to lawmakers? Why is America, especially, so conflicted about the issue of immigration?

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> Firstly, what does this word really mean; do you know (?); is it applicable (?); and why is this important to consider before working on the assignment? The concept of "illegal immigrant" or immigration is different than the word amnesty. In fact, Dictionary.com defines the term as:

IMMIGRATION:
1. The movement of non-native people into a country in order to settle there
2. The part of a port, airport, etc. where government employees examine the passports, visas, etc. of foreign nationals entering the country
- Link: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/immigration?s=t

AMNESTY:
1. A general pardon for offenses, especially political offenses, against a government, often granted before any trial or conviction.
2. Law. An act of forgiveness for past offenses, especially to a class of persons as a whole.
3. A forgetting or overlooking of any past offense
4. To grant amnesty to; pardon
- Link: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/amnesty

Immigration is simply the act of immigrating or moving to another place; and amnesty refers to doing something wrong. Do you see the differences in language? Also, there are organizations, such as 'Amnesty International' that's, "a global movement of more than 3 million supporters, members and activists in over 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights. [The] vision is for every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards. [They] are independent of any government, political ...

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A position on the issue of amnesty is presented along with brainstorming answers to the following questions: Do you think that illegal immigrants should be granted amnesty? If so, why? If not, then what are the alternatives? Some states, like Arizona and others, have and are writing new laws in response to illegal immigration from Mexico. What are your thoughts on some of those new laws? Do you think that boarder states have more at stake than the rest of the country? Although Mexican immigrants are thought of most often in association with these types of debates, there are immigrants from all over the world who are subject to these new laws. Should the country an immigrant is from or the number of immigrants from that country matter to lawmakers? Why is America, especially, so conflicted about the issue of immigration?

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