Immigration is a topic that has been argued many times in the United States. Many people support it while others believe that immigrants are criminals who commit the crime of entering the U.S. illegally. Roberto Rodriguez and Star Parker both use different styles of writing in “Border on our Backs” and “Se Habla Entitlement” respectively. Although Roberto Rodriguez uses a personal approach to convey his message, Star Parker’s method of using real life facts and details to support her opinion really pulls through and is therefore more convincing.
Roberto Rodriguez tries to use emotion to motivate and capture the reader’s attention to support his feelings for immigration but fails to back up any of his arguments with valid evidence. In “The Border on Our Backs” Rodriguez contends “We deny the nopal no longer. We know full well we’re not on foreign soil, but on Indian lands…..If anything we are back”(Rodriguez 560). Rodriguez states that Mexicans have always lived in America. This however is not true; the real occupants of the American land were the Native Americans and the Mayans and Incans before them. He makes this bold statement yet provides no solid evidence to prove that the Immigrants are in fact on their land and not on foreign land. This is very personal and makes it difficult for the reader to believe him without any evidence.
It is very clear that the author of “Border on Our Backs” is writing the article on a very personal level. Along with that it seems that Rodriguez uses many other strategies to disguise the real topic; immigration. He states “Or should we simply stop speaking our languages, stop eating our won foods…and stop identifying with our home countries of Mexico, El Salvador…”(Rodriguez 560). The issue Rodriguez brings up here has nothing to do with immigration itself, yet the way he writes it, may provoke many people. It is very unclear whether he is writing about immigration at this point. Once again,...
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