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For this assignment, assume you are the new Secretary of Homeland Security. You are drafting a Policy Document referred to as a “White Paper” for the Biden Administration to highlight the impact of open/closed borders in the age of COVID-19 on migration, asylum seekers, and economic recovery. In this white paper, consider the following to frame your paper. 

  • Define what YOU believe an “OPEN” vs “CLOSED” border means especially when dealing with those seeking asylum. Reminder that you can provide your opinion without using “I think” or something similar.
  • How do you believe illegal migrants can be treated humanely and with dignity/inclusion?
  • How does an “open” vs a “closed” border impact the United States economy?
  • What are your recommendations for the next 12-24 months on specific steps that the new administration needs to take? 

DO NOT answer this as if it is a four Question Exam. This is a WHITE PAPER and is a single narrative framed by these questions, but do NOT use first person (I statements). 

The typical format for a White Paper is: 

  • Define the issue
  • Analyze it
  • Summarize your findings and recommendations 

To help you with this assignment please consider the following references: 

Tips for Writing Policy Papers

White Papers and Briefing Books

 Technical Requirements

  • Your paper must be at a minimum of 5-7 pages (the Title and Reference pages do not count towards the minimum limit).
  • Scholarly and credible references should be used. A good rule of thumb is at least 2 scholarly sources per page of content. Therefore, at least 5 sources are required for this assignment.
  • Type in Times New Roman, 12 point and double space.
  • Students will follow the current APA Style as the sole citation and reference style used in written work submitted as part of coursework. 
  • Points will be deducted for the use of Wikipedia or encyclopedic type sources. It is highly advised to utilize books, peer-reviewed journals, articles, archived documents, etc.
  • All submissions will be graded using the assignment rubric.

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