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Thesis Director: Dr. Thomas Strunk; Thesis Reader: Mr. Jay Arns; Thesis Reader: Mr. Tim Severyn; HAB Course Director: Dr. Thomas Strunk




I believe that when searching for solutions to current migration crises and problems with the US immigration system, we must turn to ancient examples. The Ancient Greeks provided examples of both what not to do and what to do when faced with mass migration and a sudden increase in the population of citizens. Additionally, Ancient Rome demonstrated a necessity for a clear definition of citizenship and multiple mechanisms for its extension. The United States has struggled to establish a system which retains exclusivity while still providing assistance in the wake of large groups of displaced people. Ideas from Ancient Greece and Rome are able to serve as examples for how the US can find middle ground between the conflicts at hand.

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