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Binghamton Speech & Debate

Proposition: Amanda Gonzalez (Colegio Bilingüe New Horizons) vs. Opposition: Eesha Kodali (Novi Middle School)

Judge: Michelle Thomas (Unaffiliated)

Resolution: Finals Week: This House Believes that Animal Testing Should be Banned.

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    Eesha Kodali
    Eesha Kodali
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    Posted at May 26, 2020 04:58:52AM EST by Amanda Gonzalez



    Guy S. Goodwin-Gill, Entry and Exclusion of Refugees: The Obligations of States and the Protection Function of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 3 MICH. J. INT'L L. 291 (1982). Available at:

    Dumant, Scarpetta, J. S. (September, 2015) OECD

    National Immigration Forum, (2018, June 14)

    Bahar, Dany. (2018, June 19). The Brookings Institute

    Posted at May 26, 2020 09:40:56PM EST by Eesha Kodali



    Posted at May 28, 2020 12:38:16AM EST by Amanda Gonzalez



    Immigrants as Economic Contributors: Refugees Are a Fiscal Success Story for America. (2018, June 14). Retrieved from

    Medical Personnel Are Targeted in Syria. (2011, December 1). Retrieved from

    Refugees and terrorism: "No evidence of risk" – New report by UN expert on counter-terrorism. (n.d.). Retrieved from

    Roth, K. (2019, January 23). World Report 2019: Rights Trends in Syria. Retrieved from

    Terrorists by Immigration Status and Nationality: A Risk Analysis, 1975–2017. (2019, May 8). Retrieved from

    Wenden, C. W. de. (2020, April 30). Why the Paris attacks should not change European attitudes to refugees. Retrieved from

    Posted at May 28, 2020 10:47:38PM EST by Eesha Kodali



    Posted at May 29, 2020 08:46:45AM EST by Amanda Gonzalez




    This match has been completed. Show the Decision.

    Submitted at May 31, 2020 10:28:13AM EST by Michelle Thomas

    Category Amanda Gonzalez Eesha Kodali
    Use of evidence: 4.7 3.4
    Delivery skill: 5 3.7
    Coherence of arguments: 4.8 3.3
    Responsiveness to opponent: 4.8 5.9
    Identification of key points: 4.6 3.4
    Comments: You need to do tighter line by line - the tope of the rebuttal wasted time on the FW arg when you could've answered the brain drain or the EU arg.

    I do think the link turn in the rebuttal to the terror arg was smart tho.

    I'm not sure why there was a pivot in the final speech to a new argument. The pro dropped not only the brain drain arg, but also the EU arg, which are MUCH more viable arguments than what you went for in the final speech.

    The decision is for the Proposition: Amanda Gonzalez

    Reason for Decision:

    States have an obligation to help refugees. Accepting refugees would reduce the risk of terrorism and human rights abuses, which goes unanswered by the con. The con reads an entirely new argument in the closing which I think the aff appropriately responds to. Adding more refugees to camps which already are insufficient to take care of them would only make the issue worse. There's no real explanation of how we would make these pre-existing camps 'safer and healthier' and it would just overstretch the burden of countries like Syria.

    I did not vote for the time limit argument because the con did not impact it out or even say i should voe the pro down for it, just that i should 'take it into consideration.' This leaves it open to judge interpretation - should i consider lowering her speaker points? Should I consider not listening to 20 seconds of her speech? There needs to be an impact, like fairness or education, and an explanation of how me voting her down is the ONLY way to remedy this unfairness.

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