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For a week, republicans have been rushing to create a bill in the U.S. This bill is to solve a problem at the U.S.-Mexico border. Many migrant families are being separated. Children are being taken away from their parents. Many people are very angry about this. This is why the republicans were rushing to fix the problem.

Many Americans and people from other countries have said how awful this problem is. The government has been under a lot of pressure to change the law. The president still says it is very important to stop illegal border crossing.

President Trump said children needed to be taken when their parents go to jail. The parents go to jail when they illegally cross the border. 2,342 children were taken from 2,206 parents between May 5th and June 9th 2018.

On June 20th, President Donald Trump signed an order that means families cannot be separated. Many people are relieved the families can be reunited again.

Difficult words

Bill: A paper that explains an idea for a new law.

Border: The edge of a country.

Migrant: A person who moves from one country to another.

Separate: When two things are taken away from each other.

Pressure: Stress that will make someone do something.

Illegal: Something against the law.

Reunited: To be together again.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

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American English:

Match the Synonym!

 1.  Border  A.  Take apart
 2. Separate  B. Not allowed
 3. Pressure  C. Together again
 4. Illegal  D. Edge
 5. Reunited E. Stress

True or False?

1. Republicans in the U.K. have been rushing to make a bill. T / F

2.  The bill will solve a border problem. T / F

3. Many people are upset about this. T / F

4. Nobody from other countries has said this is a bad thing. T / F

5. Less than 1,000 children have been taken. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. families / Many / being / are / migrant / separated

2. about / angry / this / people / are / Many / very

3. jail / go / parents / The / to

4. Many / are / relieved / people

5. of / The / has / pressure / a / been / lot / government / under

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English: Coming Soon!

American English:

Parents Important Rushing
Problem Awful Separated

For a week, republicans have been _____________ to create a bill in the U.S. This bill is to solve a ___________ at the U.S.-Mexico border. Many migrant families are being separated. Children are being taken away from their parents. Many people are very angry about this. This is why the republicans were rushing to fix the problem.

Many Americans and people from other countries have said how _________ this problem is. The government has been under a lot of pressure to change the law. The president still says it is very ______________ to stop illegal border crossing.

President Trump said children needed to be taken when their parents go to jail. The ____________ go to jail when they illegally cross the border. 2,342 children were taken from 2,206 parents between May 5th and June 9th 2018.

On June 20th, President Donald Trump signed an order that means families cannot be ______________. Many people are relieved the families can be reunited again.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. Have you heard about this issue on the news in your country?
4. Are there any border issues in your country?
5. What does your country do about undocumented people coming in?
6.  What do you think about these families being separated?
7. How should America control it’s border instead?
8. Countries such as the U.K. and the U.S.A. have been having immigration issues. Why do you think it is such a big problem these days?
9. Do you think a country should be strict or open about who they let in?
10. What are the benefits to not having strict immigration rules?
11. What are the negatives to not having strict immigration rules?
12. Is it difficult for foreigners to move to your country?
13. Would you like to live and work in another country?
14. Are there any immigration rules you would like your country to have?
15.  What would happen to the world’s population if the whole world had open borders?
16. Should undocumented people be reported to the police?
17. Do you think immigration helps people understand each other better?
18. Do you think immigrants should pass a language and history test to become citizens?
19. What country do you think is the most opposed to immigration?
20.  Do you think immigration will be different in 50 years?