The Immigration Debate

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There are countless opinions and perspectives of immigration in the United States. The topic of immigration in the United States has become a heated topic with American citizens and political campaigners, especially when America’s economy is brought into question. There are, however, many viewpoints that immigration can be approached from. For example, Rich Furman speaks about immigration through the lens of psychology in his article entitled The Immigration Debate: Lessons for Social Workers. Kenneth Jost has also written an article about the topic of immigration but from a social issues stance in his article entitled Immigration Conflict. Both Furman and Jost share information about immigration to the United States in their articles but …show more content…
Although the papers are written from different disciplines, the structures are very straight forward and orderly. The psychology article is structured in a slightly more formal manner than the social issues article because it starts out with an abstract. After the abstract there is a brief introductory paragraph followed by subcategories to organize the “meat” of the article. Unlike the social issues article, the psychology article has a thesis statement. The thesis statement sets up the rest of the article to discuss that “Although the social discourse regarding the immigration debate may be complex, controversial, and challenging, active engagement in this discourse may provide social workers an opportunity for careful reexamination of our professional values, mission, and aims.”(Furman 283) The thesis statement is what makes up the subcategories to keep a well-organized article. After the subcategories, the article is ended with a brief conclusion paragraph and a list of references. The Immigration Debate: Lessons for Social Workers is different from Immigration Conflict in that it has a subtopic opposed to just focusing on the broad topic of immigration. The psychology article is about immigration but is focused on the subtopic of social work. Like the psychology article, the social issues article is structured in a very organized and orderly …show more content…
They most closely resemble the APA writing setup with a few alterations. Immigration Conflict and The Immigration Debate: Lessons for Social Workers are both broken down into subcategories. Furman’s article contains an abstract while Jost’s article contains an introductory paragraph at the beginning of the article that summarizes the topic that “Americans are very concerned about illegal immigration but ambivalent about what to do about it — especially the 11 million aliens currently in the United States illegally.”(Jost 229) Jost uses the introductory paragraph to explain the purpose of the article. Furman’s article has a reference section at the end of the article and although Jost’s article does not contain one, Jost does list all of his referenced quotes in a footnote section at the end of the article. There is most likely no reference section in Jost’s article to keep the attention on the issue opposed to the people who he quoted. All-in-all both Jost and Furman use an APA reference to structure their articles around in an effective

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