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The U visa allows an immigrant in the United States (legally or illegally; most are illegally) to stay and work in the U.S. and eventually obtain a green card for permanent residency, if they have been a victim of crime and are cooperating with authorities in investigation of that crime. This negative brief will argue that there are other Status Quo ways to encourage immigrants to cooperate that don’t create the disadvantages that the U visa has. Since 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.
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Katherine Baker studied team-policy debate for five years before graduating, enjoying much success and qualifying for NITOC in various events. She loves working on debate and sharing her knowledge with others, most grateful for the life lessons speech and debate has taught her.