Do it for the Children!

A rhetorical analysis on an article regarding Immigration and our current citizenship/ Jus Solis policies. With upcoming election, these have been a major topic of discussion because of Donald Trumps proposed policy changes. Many believe there is inequality among the Hispanic community when it comes to this issue because they feel as though Puerto Rican’s and Dominicans receive special treatment. The reason for that being, is that they have automatic citizenship whilst other Latino subgroups have to work hard for them and sometimes never even receive them. We are presented with many pieces of factual information in this article because the author is appealing to an academic audience and they respect evidence. The author attempts to appeal to our logic, by using statistics and numbers to make a solid logical case for their side of the argument.

The article published by Pew Research Center states that “seven-in-ten Americans (71%) say there should be a way for people in the United States Illegally to remain in this country if they meet certain requirements…” Although there is primarily an appeal to Logos, I feel as if they are also trying to appeal to ethos, simply because of who the article is published by, but also because they mention how the majority of America is for this cause so you should be too! In many ways I believe they also are making an appeal to pathos, by showing you all these statistics and charts about how Hispanics are hardworking people and they contribute more to our country than they are a burden. They go on to state that “ Thinking about immigrants generally, 49% of Americans say they strengthen the country because of their hard work and talents, while 41% say they are a burden because they take jobs, health care and housing.”

I feel like Pew Research makes a really well thought out and solid attempt to really appeal to all the levels of rhetoric. They use data, charts and factual evidence to appeal to Logos. They use their positive reputation to gain some leverage on the ethos aspect of rhetoric, because of their history of being a reliable and trustworthy source of information. Lastly, but not least they appeal to our sense of pathos by reminding us how we are all just people, and subtly reiterating the American Dream that’s says if you work hard enough anything is possible.