Federal Judge Blocks Obama’s Amnesty

Daily News Article - February 18, 2015


NOTE TO STUDENTS: This is a controversial issue for many Americans. Be polite to those with whom you disagree when discussing these types of issues and always give the other person a chance to explain his/her point of view. Also, learn how to recognize when it is no longer productive to discuss an issue on which you strongly disagree.

1. The first paragraph of a news article should answer the questions who, what, where and when. List the who, what, where and when of this news item. (NOTE: The remainder of a news article provides details on the why and/or how.)

2. Who filed the lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive action granting amnesty? Be specific.

3. a) How did the judge rule?
b) How did he explain his ruling? Be specific.

4. What is President Obama’s November 2014 executive action intended to do?

5. a) List the 12 states that filed a friend of the court brief in support of President Obama’s executive action.
b) Which side does your state support?
c) Ask a parent: do you agree with our state attorney general? Why or why not?

6. Consider Judge Hanen’s reason for his ruling. Does his ruling make sense to you? Explain your answer.