The United States has often been called a “nation of immigrants.” With that as the focal point, students will investigate the changes in the domestic policies of the United States as it relates to immigrants and immigration. Students will analyze three “congressional memos” to review the history of U. S immigration policy from its early beginnings to the changes in 1965 and the Refugee Act of l980. They will then examine the current Immigration Reform Act including the Dream Act. The essential question for student will be: “How is the current debate on immigration affecting me, my friends and family?” Students will look at how the U.S. immigration policies impacted migration patterns and immigrant’s experiences, economic conditions, and assimilation into the life of the nation?