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CHLS 104 - Shaver Fall 2020: Topic & Research Question

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Time Frame Groups Affected Geographic Location ...adolescents? juveniles? college students? rural areas? the 1990's? men? elderly men? urban areas? the 21st century? ...latinas? young women? Los Angeles? in universities? in elementary schools?

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Example of a Research Question

President Trump must not build a continuous border wall between the US and Mexico​

  • Why do we need a wall?​

  • Is there an immigrant crisis at the US//Mexico borderlands? ​

  • How many undocumented immigrants and/or asylum seekers cross the border each year? ​

  • How do the number of border crossers compare with the Canadian/ US borderlands?​

  • What would the wall cost? Where would the money come from?​

  • What are the environmental impacts of a continuous wall?​

  • Will a continuous wall stop migration or will these people find another way to enter the US?​

  • What interventions/policies might decrease or stop mass migration to the US?​

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