Utah Debate Topics 2018-2019



Middle School 

  • Policy (CX) "Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce its restrictions on legal immigration to the United States in one or more of the following areas: refugees, childhood arrivals, student visas, H-1B visas." 

  • Lincoln-Douglas (LD)
    • 2018 (First Semester, Aug-Dec) - "Resolved: Oppressive government is more desirable than no government."
    • 2019 (Second Semester, Jan-May, State Tournament) - "Resolved: A government should prioritize the humanitarian needs of refugees over its national interests."


  • Public Forum (PF) - "Resolved: In the United States, the benefits of immigration outweigh the harms."


Arguments FOR Immigration:

  1. New sources of economic growth (talent + labor)
  2. Improved international image and relationships
  3. Humane and compassionate to vulnerable groups

Arguments AGAINST Immigration: 

  1. Economically damaging to worker wages
  2. Insecurity from drug traffickers or terrorists
  3. Social conflict and loss of culture 
  4. Brain drain from source countries


2017 Elementary Debate Definitions