Disclaimer: My personal views might have affected this blog due to some selective hearing…
On Tuesday, June 29, 2010, the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) hosted an immigration debate featuring both progressive and conservative debaters. This event was the brainchild of my colleague, vice-chair Jonathan To, who realized last year the potential of bringing together speakers from opposite sides to debate the issues at hand after CAPAL’s healthcare panel.
The debate was an Oxford style debate modelled after the Intelligence Squared style that is so popular throughout media. The motion discussed at table was “We should provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.”
The side arguing for the motion cited reports from the Cato Institute about the economic impact of immigrants and also the emotional impact of having undocumented immigrants and their families torn apart.
The side arguing against the motion pointed to studies that discredited the economic impact that immigrants had, and advocated for stronger enforcement while acknowledging the situation had to be dealt with in the long term.