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As a deputy to Governor Gavin Newsom or President Donald Trump, you must prepare a 3-page position paper (with a 4th page for your sources/endnotes) in size 12 font, Times New Roman, double spaced, with one-inch margins, on a pressing U.S. domestic or foreign policy issue.  You should write the memo in clear, persuasive, and succinct prose, have a title that indicates your view, and organize your memo into four sections: Your memo should have four separate but related sections spelled out and organized exactly like this:  I. Background and Context of the problem (How did we get here?); II. Stakes for American domestic and/or foreign policy (Why should we care, economically, politically, and militarily?); III. Options for resolving the problem or issue (What should we do? You must provide at least three different options or schools of thought, giving the pluses and minuses of each); and IV.  Your specific Recommendation, based on your analysis delivered in sections I-III (What do you think we should do, and why?).  You must make your words count and this will require learning how to write actively!  What you argue will remain less important that how you argue it.  Pick something you care about; your passions always argue more convincingly than your platitudes.  Do not write a book report!  A policy memo tries to persuade the reader to choose between diverse options.  Tell us what you think and argue why we should follow your advice.

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From: The United States President (Donald Trump)
To: The Congress
Date: 21st April, 2019
Subject: Immigration Policy
Under my administration as the president of the US, more than 200 asylum seekers have been
sent back to Mexico to wait until their asylum application is heard and determined.i This has
been implemented through the Department of Homeland security through a program formally
known as Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP) with the main objective of deterring the rising
number of immigrants from the northern triangle of northern America. Unlike other of the US
government policies, this is unique in the sense that it involves a foreign sovereign power. This
policy on the immigrants is similar although with some differences from the one adopted in by
the US government in the late 1980s and early 1990s to deter immigrants from Haiti from
entering the US as asylum seekers.ii The main reason why my administration finds this policy
appropriate is because the veracity of the immigrants seeking asylum in the US is in question.
The immigrants are prevented from entering the US until their asylum application is adjudicated
and determined.
The initial plans were for a bilateral...

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