Topic: illegal immigration
General Purpose: to persuade
Specific Purpose: To persuade my audience to be pro illegal immigration.
Central Idea: I will persuade you that illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay in the
U.S. by sharing with you some information on the subject, arguments on the subject, and
also some solutions to the problem.
Imagine a teenage girl, only seventeen years old having to go three states away to
visit her father. To see him she must enter a building and before she can get to the main
door she has to go through the first fence door, and wait for it to close before the second
one will open. Now she walks to the main door of the building and walks in. She get her
ID ready and fills out the form required to go any further in the building. Once she’s been
called up she empties her pockets and takes off anything metal she has on. She goes
through a metal detector, and waits for an officer to open the next door. Once in, she has
to wait for the officer to open the visiting room door. Now she’s in the visiting room, and
she finds her father. He is in the beige prison uniform, and is being un-cuffed and
unchained for the visit. She hugs him, and her two hour visit begins. The time flies by so
quickly and before she knows it the two hours is up. She leaves the visiting room, and
gets all of her things and has to leave. The girl was visiting her father, who has been
incarcerated for being in the United Stated illegally from Mexico. You’re wondering how
I may even know any of this information. It is because the girl I have just told you about
is me. The reason I have chosen my topic is because my father is in prison for being in
America illegally to be with his family. Today I will give you insight into illegal
immigration in the U.S., the pros of illegal immigration, and solutions to the problem.
I. To begin with, I will give you a information about illegal immigration in the United
A. According to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs,
the United States is number one on the Top Ten Countries with the Largest
Number of International Immigrants.(United Nations Department of Economic
and Social Affairs, Population Division.)
B. There are over 10 million illegal immigrants in the United States, and about
1,400 more daily.(Katel, P.)
1. The number of illegal immigrants entering our country is estimated to
grow even further.
C. Illegal immigrants come to this country for a better life.
1. Their home countries are dangerous and poor.
2. They have families to support and take care of.
3. They want education and better jobs.
II. Next, I will talk about the pros of illegal immigration.
A. There are many people who think that illegal immigrants take jobs from
1. They do jobs that most people won’t do.
2. They take manual labor jobs.
3. Julian L. Simon, author of The Economic Consequences of
Immigration, states: immigration does not exacerbate
unemployment...Immigrants not only take jobs, but also create them. Their
purchases increase the demand for labor, leading to new hires roughly
equal in number to the immigrant workers.
4. Also, “Many business owners, on the other hand, are strongly pro-
immigration. President Bill Clinton and others who supported the passage
of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) believed that the
free flow of people over national borders, like that of goods and capital,
could only lead to prosperity.” (Bender, 19)
B. People who are against illegal immigration also think that illegal immigrants
jeopardize our culture.
1.According to Peter Brimelow, of the National Review: Ethnically...
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