Immigration Rhetorical Analysis

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Throughout the American election history, immigration has been an important topic for the presidential candidate’s debate. According to the article, Why Immigration May Decide the 2016 Election, by Partnership for a New American Economy, immigration has once again become a hot issue like in the past elections. The article also analyzed, the reason the Republican lost over seventy percent of that vote in the 2012 presidential race was the Republican’s harsh rhetoric dramatically affected Hispanic and Asian voters. If that analysis is true, Donald Trump’s campaign on immigration rhetoric for the 2016 election is not any better than that of the 2012 Republican Party. In fact, his words choices are much tough than previous elections. For example, …show more content…
Clinton says “This administration has taken a strong stand to stiffen the protection of our borders...We are increasing border controls by 50 percent” Trump said “we will build a wall, it will do what it’s supposed to do, keep illegal immigrants out. We’re going to have a border, it’s going to be a real border…We have a country, we have to have borders.”. They both addressed the need of strengthening the border to control the illegal immigrants, but Trump has taken to another level by focusing his ideas on building a “border wall.” This statement has further brought controversies over immigration because he told his supporters that ‘Mexican will pay’ for the walls. However, pointing Mexico to pay for the border wall is not realistic. According to the article, Debunking Trump’s five extreme statements about immigrants and Mexico, by Dolia Estevez, there is already a wall on the border, which has been irrelevant and Mexico is no threat to the US economy. The research also shows that maintaining the walls after the construction will exceed the price of building the walls. Thereby, building the walls will not help in economically and in foreign relationships. Former president of Mexico, Vincente Fox also agrees that wall is not going to help their economies. On the TV show, Vincente stated that ‘Mexico under no circumstance will pay for the walls’ and by pointing out …show more content…
Bill Clinton said “We are increasing inspections to prevent the hiring of illegal immigrants and tonight I announce I will sign an Executive Order to deny Federal contracts to businesses that hire illegal immigrants.” whereas Trump said “You can be very, very strong. It can be a huge financial penalty, it can be beyond a financial penalty. You can do that with E-Verify. I’m for it.” Just comparing these two quotes, Clinton is very specific about his rhetoric by stating what he will do to keep his words, whereas Trump is very ambiguous by listing meaningless words in his quotes. Furthermore, Trump tells his supporters that immigrants are “taking your jobs” therefore, there must be a penalty and most middle-income whites agree with Trump’s word because they believe Trump tells the truth and it is very likely that many whites find a job unable to get because employers are hiring minorities instead. But, according to the article, White Kids Aren’t Buying the Politics of Racial Resentment by Sean McElwee and Ashley Jardina, the fact that median net worth for white family $134,000 compared to black family $11,000 shows that racially resentful does very little to alleviate. Trump’s language is harsh and contains false information toward the Mexican race and citizens of

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