Argumentative Essay On Syrian Refugees

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Although a hotly contested issue for many months, the recent ISIS attacks in Paris have led to increased focus on the topic of the admittance of Syrian refugees into America. In September, President Obama announced that the U.S. would accept at least 10,000 Syrian refugees. However, on Thursday, the House approved a measure to suspend the program and intensify screening. With the issue so prominent, all of the main Presidential candidates have addressed their plans for Syrian refugees, each with carefully crafted rhetoric to detail what might be if they are elected. One of the leading Republican candidates, Dr. Ben Carson, is of the same stance as most members of his party, that the U.S. should not accept Syrian refugees. Carson states …show more content…
She says, “We can 't act as though we are shutting the door to people in need without undermining who we are as Americans.” Clinton uses the pronoun “we” three times in the sentence to promote inclusivity and appeal to America as a whole. She does this so it doesn’t seem like she is preaching to a group, but that accepting refugees is the best thing for the whole. She also invokes nationalism and a little bit of the traditional American exceptionalism, claiming that it goes against American values to turn away refugees. Clinton continues with this claim, as she says “We cannot allow terrorists to intimidate us into abandoning our values and humanitarian obligations. Turning away orphans, applying a religious test, discriminating against Muslims, slamming the door on every single Syrian refugee—that 's just not who we are. We are better than that." By saying that “we are better than that”, Clinton is further invoking the idea that Americans have a moral obligation to accept Syrian refugees. She speaks of shared values as a way to emotionally appeal to her audience. Clinton also shows a shift from Carson, placing refugees and terrorists into two different categories. She uses the word “orphan” to describe part of the refugee population, using this as a way to show that the war in Syria has left a devastating impact on the refugee population and that many have gone through a lot, such as losing parents or other close relatives. Clinton also refers negatively to the religious test for refugees recently proposed by Ted Cruz, which would allow Christian Syrians, but not Muslims to enter America. Clinton says, “We 've seen a lot of hateful rhetoric from the GOP. But the idea that we 'd turn away refugees because of religion is a new low.” In this passage, Clinton directly attacks the other party, and uses a strong

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