2018-2019 National Debate Topic

Legal immigration to the United States can be an expensive, time-consuming, and dehumanizing experience. Still, millions of foreign-born nationals seek to come to the United States every year through official legal channels. Though visas are granted for aspirational migrants under many different circumstances, the government limits the number of certain types of visas, and the majority of applicants are either unable to come to the United States or unable to remain beyond the limited time specified by a temporary visa. Migrants can apply to come to the United States through family-sponsored immigration, international study and work programs, and a diversity immigrant program lottery. The United States also grants political asylum and refugee status to individuals who meet certain criteria. All...

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