Headlines: US immigration controversy

Image caption The new law was met with protests

Immigration causes controversy in America. The federal government is now challenging new tough laws on the issue adopted by the state of Arizona. Listen out for these words:

  • misguided
  • contentious
  • harassment
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“The Obama administration has described Arizona’s decision to pass its own tough laws against illegal immigration as misguided. It’s clearly nervous at the way the affair has forced one of the most contentious and uncomfortable issues in American public life back onto the national political agenda. Its attempt to overturn the law is based on a point of constitutional principle – that immigration is a matter for the federal authorities and that individual states don’t therefore have the right to legislate against it. It also argues that the Arizona law would result in the harassment of anyone who couldn’t prove their immigration status when challenged to do so. Supporters of the law in Arizona say they were forced to act because the federal government has been failing in its duty to deal with the problem.”

Here are some examples of how these words can be used:


Opposition parties said that the government’s economic plans were misguided.

The Church considered Galileo’s theories misguided.


The result of the latest presidential election in Afghanistan was contentious.

Settlements are a contentious issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


Mary moved house after being harassed by her rude neighbour for years.

The law protects employees from harassment at work.