The Great American Think-Off releases the 2008 question
“Does immigration strengthen or threaten the United States?”
The 2008 Great American Think-Off question asks “Does immigration strengthen or threaten the United States?” One of the most heated questions debated in all corners of America today needs more light and less heat. And so the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center asks Americans and people from around the globe to address this question in the 2008 edition of the Great American Think-Off.
We commonly note that we are a nation of immigrants, but today more Americans seem frightened of immigration and immigrants than at any time in memory. We build a fence to keep undocumented persons out. We worry about losing even more jobs to the forces of globalization. Yet we all honor the emblem of our immigrant nation: the Statue of Liberty.
The 2008 Great American Think-Off asks for the understandings of American Indian people and newly arrived immigrants; citizens whose ancestors came here on the Mayflower (or soon after) and those who were brought here on slave ships; descendents of Finnish settlers here in Minnesota, of Acadians in Louisiana, and families from places like Michoacan making new lives from California to Maine.
Entering the competition is easy. Just submit an essay of 750 words or less by April 1, 2008. You may send your essay in one of three ways,: through the mail send to New York Mills Regional Cultural Center, P.O. Box 246, New York Mills, MN 56567 or email to email@example.com (no attachments) or submit on-line at www.think-off.org .
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