Well, it's hard to believe we are on the downside of this semester already and that this is our last post. It has been a lot of fun reading your blogs; it has given me the opportunity to get to know you so much better. I wish you well in every aspect of your lives.
This will be your last chance to let me know your opinion on some key issues. You know, though, that persuasaive writing is so much more than just presenting your opinion. The intention is that you, through the argument you present, will be able to convince me to change my opinion so that it aligns with yours. To do so, you have to know how I think (consider me your enemy). The more you know about the opposing side, the easier it will be for you to present information that will blow holes in what I believe. This is the strategy every efficient persuasive writer (and debater) uses. It is the bullet that cannot miss its target, for if I begin to doubt my own beliefs, you have a very good chance of changing my mind.
Blog Assignment: This week you get the opportunity to sound off about animal testing of medicine designed for human use or the deportation of illegal aliens currently working and residing in the United States. Remember your goal is to persuade me that your opinion is the correct one. You will respond to either topic #3 or #10 on page 260 of the textbook.
My Response: I am a second generation American. My grandparents from both sides were born in other countries - Italy, Spain, and Cuba, to be precise. As such, I have a real interest in the issue of illegal aliens. My grandparents came to the United States purposefully, legally, and at great cost to themselves and their families. My Italian grandfather worked in the small village of Santomeno as an apprentice to a cobbler. He saved enough money to secure passage on an ocean liner for both himself and my grandmother. However, he came first and he came alone, leaving his young bride behind for about 6 months. He didn't know she was pregnant and that she would make the trip and nearly deliver my mother while still onboard. What he did know was that he had to establish a business, set up a home, and have all his paperwork underway to make their stay in the United States permanent. He was focused and deliberate about their plans. I believe that all immigrants should operate the same way. If your paperwork says you can only stay for 6 months before you have to file for an extension, then that is what you must do. Abiding by the law is not only important on the face of it, but it establishes your relationship with your new country of residence. If you cannot abide by the restrictions in place when you arrive, then don't bother to come. I know that sounds harsh, but lawlessness does not ensure safety for those born in the United States. I do, however, also believe there should be some major changes to current immigration laws. No more "free" ride on public services. Immigrants should have mentors who will ensure employment. Employment that witholds taxes and social security, thereby eliminating the government services many immigrants receive. Immigrants on work visas who have children born in the United States should be required to decide within a short time period after the child's birth whether the child will be a US citizen. If they elect citizenship, then the parents themselves must also become citizens before the child's first birthday. What should the US do about those illegal immigrants already here? Does the family have at least one member who is gainfully employed and who is supporting the others? Let the family stay, but they must all become citizens. After all, our forefathers had to make the choice. They should, too.
Your Turn: Sign in and post your assignment in the Comment box. Preview your response so you can see what you need to correct. Make your corrections and click the Post Comment button. Please post your response before class on November 3.