The NFHS (National Federation of High Schools) releases a national resolution that policy debate organizations use in their tournaments. The two largest are the NSDA (National Speech and Debate Association) and the NCFL (National Catholic Forensic League). The source material is written for the 2018-2019 school year resolution:
“Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce its restrictions on legal immigration to the United States.”
Earlier NFHS Policy Releases
- NFHS Policy Release #19: “DACA Fix” (2A) (12/10/2018) - This document gives additional evidence based reason on why DACA does indeed need to be fixed. All cards are neatly cut and ready to be ran in a debate round.
- NFHS Policy Release #18: “DACA Fix” (AFF) (12/3/2018) - This document gives the full evidence based reason on why DACA does indeed need to be fixed. All cards are neatly cut and ready to be ran in a debate round.
- NFHS Policy Release #17: “H1B” (NEG) (11/26/2018) - H-1B visas are visas given to hi-tech foreigners to work for 3 years in the U.S. (and can be renewed once for 3 more years). There's no shortage of US workers in hi-tech fields, instead there's a shortage of jobs. When Americans are fired and have to train the H-1s during their last weeks on the job, no one can say Americans lack the skills to do the job. H-1B immigrants replace US workers and drive down wages for those who are lucky enough to keep their jobs. And they drain talent and hardworking people away from poor countries like India, where they could be building up their economy and uplifting their own people.
- NFHS policy Release #16: “H1B” (2A) (11/19/2018) - H-1B visas are visas given to hi-tech foreigners to work for 3 years in the U.S. (and can be renewed once for 3 more years). H-1B immigrants are typically highly educated and talented, and they contribute to the US economy by keeping industry and technology work in the U.S. Currently H-1Bs are restricted to 65,000 per year. This case argues that we should reduce this restriction and grow our economy by bringing in more skilled workers.
- NFHS Policy Release #15: “H1B” (AFF) (11/12/2018) - H-1B visas are visas given to hi-tech foreigners to work for 3 years in the U.S. (and can be renewed once for 3 more years). H-1B immigrants are typically highly educated and talented, and they contribute to the US economy by keeping industry and technology work in the U.S. Currently H-1Bs are restricted to 65,000 per year. This case argues that we should reduce this restriction and grow our economy by bringing in more skilled workers.
- NFHS Policy Release #14: “H2A Reform” (NEG) (11/5/2018) - Affirmative plan reduces restrictions on H-2A visas and gets the illegal workers a pathway to legalization so that they get into the system and become taxpaying members of society. AFF's theory is that there is a shortage of agriculture workers in the US and we need to bring in more (or legalize the ones already here). But the US agriculture sector has bamboozled the AFF and the public with some fake facts, most notably the "worker shortage." As in any industry, if you pay sufficient wages, you will get sufficient workers. If they don't have enough farm workers, it is because they are looking for people willing to work for low pay in terrible conditions. Farms intentionally turn away US citizen workers, so they can get immigrants instead, in part because they get tax breaks for hiring foreigners that they don't get for hiring US citizens, due to a loophole in the IRS code. They have no incentive to try very hard to get US workers, and their complaints about "jobs Americans won't do" ring hollow.
- NFHS Policy Release #13: “H2A Reform” (2A) (10/29/2018) - This 2A brief provides additional evidence and substantial reasoning behind the importance of reforming H2A.
- NFHS Policy Release #12: “H2A Reform” (AFF) (10/22/2018) - This case provides evidence and substantial reasoning behind the importance of reforming H2A.
- NFHS Policy Release #11: “U-Visa” (NEG) (10/15/2018) - This lesson argues against U-visas, arguing that they U's depend on the immigrant claiming to be a crime victim, they open the door to all kinds of fraud and false accusations, since it's easy for anyone to claim they are the victim of an imaginary crime, and a big incentive for any illegal immigrant to do so if it magically converts him to legal status.
- NFHS Policy Release #10: “U-Visas” (2A) (10/8/2018) - This lesson is a brief which provides additional evidence for backing up the case.
- NFHS Policy Release #09: “U-Visas” (AFF) (10/1/2018) - This lesson lays out the foundation of a case of work visas. It gives you everything necessary to run in a debate round.
- NFHS Policy Release #08: “EB-5 Visas” (NEG) (9/24/2018) - This Monument Members release gives the opposing side of the EB-5 issues by considering a load of disadvantages.
- NFHS Policy Release #07: “EB5” (2A) (9/17/2018) - This 2A Evidence is an extension of the policy debate case Show Me The Money: The Case For EB-5.
- NFHS Policy Release #06: “EB5” (AFF) (9/10/2018) - This case argues that the EB-5 visa pilot program was never supposed to be a long term solution and therefore should be replaced.
- NFHS Policy Release #05: “Refugees” (NEG) (9/3/2018) - This download provides Negative evidence to aid them with the argument that the most cost-effective way to help the most refugees is to pay to maintain them in the region where they came from, not bring them all the way around the world one by one to the United States. That would also be a lot better for the U.S., since increased refugees means increased risk of terrorism.
- NFHS Policy Release #04: “Evidence For Refugees” (2A) (8/27/2018) - This 2A Evidence is an extension of the policy debate case Safe Haven: The Case for Refugees. The case encourages the increase of refugees in America. This brief extends that case.
- NFHS Policy Release #03: “The Case for Refugees” (AFF) (8/20/2018) - This case argues that the US should stand up for refugees. Our example will motivate other nations to step up as well.
- NFHS Policy Release #02: “Status Quo Immigration” (INFO) (8/13/2018) - In this member release, we examine some of the better known and widely debated issues that are currently being discussed in the literature on legal immigration in the United States. Our goal is not to persuade you to any point of view, but rather to summarize what some of the arguments are so that you have a better understanding of the positions you may find yourself debating this year.
- NFHS Policy Release #01: “History of Immigration” (INFO) (8/6/2018) - Policy debaters must have a solid understanding of the history of the year’s topic of study. The purpose of this article is to give competitors the underlying knowledge of that history while relating it to the resolution.
- Preseason: Policy Debate (6/25/2018) - This preseason document introduces the most exciting competitive event of Policy Debate. It gives the foundation of policy by giving competitor's an understanding of the structure, rules, explanation and the resolution for this season's policy debate.
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