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Proposition: Leyla Ba (Wood River High School) vs. Opposition: Kentaro Iwase (Unaffiliated)

Judge: Joe Leeson-Schatz (Binghamton University)

Resolution: This house believes that the borders of nation-states should not prevent the movement of refugees.

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    Leyla Ba
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    Posted at April 17, 2017 11:23:36AM EST by Leyla Ba

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    “We must not be taken aback by their numbers, but rather view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories, trying to respond as best we can to their situation. To respond in a way which is always humane, just and fraternal. We need to avoid a common temptation nowadays: to discard whatever proves troublesome." -Pope Francis
    This house believes that the borders of nation-states should not prevent the movement of refugees.
    Contention 1: benefits of refugees and immigrants:

    Sub point A: Economy
    Galadan. "IMMIGRATION: The Economic Benefits of Immigration." Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS). UC Berkeley, 24 Sept. 2015. Web. 13 Apr. 2017.
    Finally, immigrant workers, both newcomers and those already working in the United States, are more willing than natives to move in order to find jobs. Immigration, as a consequence, has served to smooth out local booms and busts; by moving away from declining regions and into booming areas, immigrants help stabilize the economy and reduce the “mismatch” between local demand for labor and its supply. Immigrants’ willingness to move helps slow wage decline in stagnant regions and contributes to economic growth in booming ones. Combined with the complementarity of immigrants to natives, this mobility helps reinforce productivity growth in strong labor markets.
    First, as a consequence of the availability of more workers, firms invest: they expand their productive capacity and build more establishments. The productive capacity (capital) per worker has grown in the U.S. economy at a constant rate during the period from 1960 to 2009. If anything, capital per worker was higher when immigration was at its peak in 2007 than it was in 1990 before the immigration boom began. Investments, that is, were responsive to the predictable inflows of workers. Hence, immigrants did not crowd out existing firms over the long run. Rather, they increased the size and number of firms providing investment opportunities.

    Blanco, Octavio, and Necessary Safeguards In Place. "1,500 Economists to Trump: Immigrants Are Good for the U.S. Economy." CNNMoney. Cable News Network, 12 Apr. 2017. Web. 13 Apr. 2017.
    Last month, a survey of 285 economists at America's major corporations by the National Association of Business Economics (NABE) found that a clear majority believed President Trump's restrictive stance on immigration is a mistake. These economists favored more "relaxed immigration policies" that they said would help boost the economy and noted that fixing the H-1B visa program should be the priority over deporting illegal immigrants
    - Sub Point B: Social benefits
    Cassidy, John. "The Economics of Syrian Refugees." The New Yorker. The New Yorker, 18 Nov. 2015. Web. 13 Apr. 2017.
    Since so many of the refugees in Lebanon and Jordan are in temporary camps, the most relevant example for this pattern is Turkey. Earlier this year, the Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies, in Ankara, published a detailed study of what impact Syrian refugees are having on Turkey. The report did find that the influx is causing economic tensions in the south, where many Syrians are working illegally in the informal economy. The cost of home rentals has increased, making it harder to find affordable housing, and inflation has risen. “There is unfair competition between businesses that hire illegal workers and companies that do not employ illegal workers,” the report said. “Locals believe that job opportunities have been taken away from them.” However, when the authors of the report investigated these claims, they found that “Syrians are generally employed in areas that locals are not willing to work in. Thus, Syrians meet the demand in unskilled labor.”
    If the United States were to take in more Syrian refugees, the numbers would be tiny compared to what is happening in the Middle East and Europe. At the top end of the range, Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley have called for sixty-five thousand migrants to be admitted over the next five years. As O’Malley pointed out during last week’s Democratic debate, “Accommodating sixty-five thousand refugees in our country . . . of three hundred and twenty million is akin to making room for six and a half more people in a baseball stadium with thirty-two thousand.”
    This shows that the impact of accepting more refugees into countries like America wouldn’t impact them negatively


    Posted at April 19, 2017 09:10:34AM EST by Joe Leeson-Schatz

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    Posted at April 20, 2017 01:11:11PM EST by Joe Leeson-Schatz

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    Posted at April 21, 2017 09:19:18AM EST by Joe Leeson-Schatz

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    Submitted at April 22, 2017 03:20:06PM EST by Joe Leeson-Schatz

    The decision is for the Opposition: Kentaro Iwase

    Reason for Decision:

    The proposition didn't post her video by the deadline, resulting in a forfeit.


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