Ideas for Teachers for December 2023

Nov 11, 2023 | Ideas For Teachers


Issue 1: Minimum Wage S.2488, “Raise the Wage Act of 2023” “Should the Federal Minimum Wage Be Increased?”
U.S. Department of Labor: “History of Changes to the Minimum Wage Law”
Wharton School, University of PA: “Why Raising Minimum Wage Has Long-Term Costs” “Sanders, Scott Unveil $17 Federal Minimum Wage Bill” “Why the U.S. Needs at least a $17 Minimum Wage”

Issue 2: Secure the Border Act S.2824, “Secure the Border Act of 2023”
U.S. Congressional Budget Office: “H.R.2, Secure the Border Act of 2023” “Cruz Introduces Senate Companion to House-Passed Secure Border Act” “Statement of Administration Policy – Secure the Border Act 2023”
WaPo OpEd, Fareed Zakaria: “Democrats Should Admit They’re Wrong on Immigration” “Bill Analysis — Secure the Border Act of 2023” “Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart Introduces ‘Secure the Border Act 2023’”


Issue 1: Minimum Wage

  1. Do you support or oppose gradually raising the federal minimum wage to $17 an hour? If you were speaking to a person who disagreed with your position, what would you say to persuade them to see your side of the issue?
  2. Some proponents of raising the federal minimum wage say the current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour traps people in poverty. Do you agree? Why or why not?
  3. If you were a business owner, would you want the minimum wage to increase? Why or why not?
  4. What is your personal view on whether to raise the federal minimum wage? Use relevant reasons from your life experiences as well as research.
  5. Who bears the costs of a higher minimum wage? (Hint: In addition to businesses who have higher labor costs, this could also include workers who suffer reduced hours as well as young job seekers who find it difficult to find a job.)

Issue 2: Secure the Border Act

  1. Some people believe a good way to slow illegal immigration is to fine U.S. businesses who employ illegal immigrants. Do you agree? Why or why not?
  2. In Fareed Zakaria’s Op-Ed (link above), Zakaria states that to gain control of illegal immigration, the president should suspend admission of asylum seekers to the U.S. since asylum has become a way to game the system. Do you agree? Why or why not?
  3. Do you believe there is a relationship between illegal immigration and crime? Why or why not?
  4. What would happen if we erased all country borders and let people live wherever they wanted?
  5. When is immigration helpful to a country and when is it harmful?