Should the United States try to prevent illegal aliens from entering our country? Why or why not?

Prompt: Most nations deal with immigration in some way shape or form. Write an essay on illegal immigration in the United States. Should the United States try to prevent illegal aliens from entering our country? Why or why not? What is the solution to this problem? Be sure to include the following information:

1) How to deal with illegal immigrants who are already in the country.

2) How to deal with current attempts to enter the United States illegally.

3) How to prevent illegal entry in the future.

4) Causes and effects of each of the points above.

Due Date: The essay will be due on Tuesday, November 28 by 11:59 pm to Paper copies will not be accepted.

Essay Requirements:

1. All essays must be a minimum of 2 pages long, but no more than 4 pages (2-4 pages). 

2. Students must use rules of English, with correct grammar and spelling. The paper is to be in MLA format with 1 inch margins, 12 pt. font, double spaced, and using Times New Roman. For help with MLA formatting, visit:

3. The essays must be in paragraph format (does not have to be 5 paragraphs, could be 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, etc.) with an introduction, a body, and a conclusion; moving from general at the beginning of the essay, to specific in the body of the essay, and back to general at the end of the essay. 

4. Students must use at least 3 scholarly sources (NOT Wikipedia,, yahoo answers, etc.) throughout the paper and include them in their works cited page. The textbook may count as ONE of the scholarly sources. Students are NOT allowed to use direct quotations from their sources. 

5. They must paraphrase and then give credit to (cite) the work and/or author they paraphrased from. Plagiarism of any kind will not be tolerated. 

6. All essays will be due on by the assigned deadline. If the paper is not turned in by the deadline, the student will receive a grade of zero. NO LATE ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED (unless absent)! No paper/hard-copy submissions will be accepted.

7. Each essay will count as one test grade.

8. Each essay will be graded using the following rubric: 

Content/Answering Prompt 30 points 

Correct Formatting (MLA style) 25 points 

Use of research articles/works cited 15 points 

Length/Organization/Flow/Creativity 20 points 

Grammar and Spelling  10 points