Research Links and Discussion Questions for May 2021 Topics

RESEARCH LINKS

Issue 1: Vaccine Passports

WhiteHouse.gov: “Press Briefing by White House COVID-19 Response Team”    
NPR.org: “Florida Governor DeSantis Rejects Vaccine Passports”            
Bloomberg.com: “A Vaccine Passport Is the New Golden Ticket”            
BuzzFeedNews.com: “You Probably Already Have a Vaccine Passport”        
ABCNews.go.com: “Texas Governor Bans Mandated Vaccine Passports”      
CNN.com: “What Are Vaccine Passports and How Do They Work?”          
        
Issue 2: Dream Act
Congress.gov: H.R.6 American Dream and Promise Act                
WhiteHouse.gov: “Statement by President Biden American Dream Promise Act”    
The Heritage Foundation: “The American Dream and Promise Act of 2021”  
ImmigrationForum.org: “Bill Summary: American Dream and Promise Act”        
TheHill.com: “Tim Cook Calls on Congress to Pass American Dream Promise Act”    
BusinessInsider.com: “House Passes the American Dream and Promise Act”    


DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Issue 1: Vaccine Passports

  1. Do you support or oppose vaccine passports? If you were speaking to a person who disagreed, what is the strongest argument in support of your position?
  2. Does requiring a vaccine passport represent government overreach? Why or why not?
  3. Privacy advocates warn that vaccine passports are intrusive. Do you agree? Why or why not?
  4. What civil liberties do vaccine passports potentially threaten?
  5. What are some of the reasons Republican governors oppose vaccine passports? Do you agree or disagree with them? Why?

    
Issue 2: Dream Act

  1. What do you think the U.S. government should do to address the legal status of undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children?
  2. Who are the Dreamers? What requirements must they meet to be eligible for citizenship under the Dream Act?
  3. What is the most compelling argument to pass the Dream Act? What is the most convincing reason not to?
  4. Should the president have the power to enact a program like DACA if Congress refuses to pass the Dream Act? Why or why not?
  5. What solutions might students offer legislators when considering the futures of young people brought to the country as children?