Assignment 4: Summary and Reflection on Middle and South America
The summaries and reflections on the topics that we will discuss throughout the
semester are designed to insure that you have reviewed the PowerPoint presentations
carefully and thought about the important points and critical issues.
All of the summaries and reflections will have the same format and include two
sections: Part 1 – a simple list of important points and critical issues that we have
covered in each of the subject or geographic areas, much like the table of contents of
a book, an outline of a book chapter, or a list of key statements from each of the
sections covered in one or more PowerPoint slides of each presentation, and Part 2 –
your reflection or comments on each topic, or one or more selected elements of each
topic. The first part clearly represents a brief overview of each topic. The second part
is designed to show that you have seriously thought about some of the important
points and critical issues and to demonstrate your thoughtful reactions or creative
For your commentary or reflection on Middle and South America (Part 2), please
focus on one important aspect of Middle and South America: immigration from Middle
and South America to the United States. Specifically, please comment and reflect on
the history and changing trends of immigration to the United States, the pull and push
factors, as well as the benefits and challenges of immigration. In your view, what should
we do to most effectively address our immigration issues, including national policies,
international geopolitics, regional economic development, law enforcement within our
own country and cooperation with the neighboring countries, as well as the safety,
security and humanitarian issues along the border between Mexico and the United
The materials relevant to this assignment have been covered in the lectures on
North America and Middle and South America.
Part 1 (simple list of important points and critical issues) should be about 1-2
pages long (single space). Part 2 (your commentary or reflection) should be about 2-3
pages (double space and 12-point size).
Please submit your completed assignment through the Blackboard by clicking
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This assignment is due November 6, 2023.