Rhetorical Analysis Of &Quot;Huddled Geniuses&Quot;

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Immigration; A subject that all Americans have a view that differs from person to person. Todd G. Buchholz a Columnist for The Wall Street Journal, has once again brought the views of the country and his arguments for how America should react in his column "Huddled Geniuses" published on February 4, 2004. He address's the fact that Vincente Fox, the Mexican President, wants to open the borders between Mexico and the United States, and how the American public stands on the issues at hand. Are view's are either an aggressive get ready for battle approach or a conviction of "Who will do our dirty work?." Buchholz feel's that the economy is not dependent on who are the "Busboys and leaf blowers." Instead, he poses that we open the legal gates in order to seek out more skilled and educated persons, no matter if they are from China, Guana, or Mexico.

Buchholz gives many reasons and advantages to this approach would have by using rational arguments and refutes any prior polices we already hold in regards to immigration. He taps into to both the audience's values and beliefs using the strategies of rational arguments and trying to deeply relate to his intended audience. While doing this, he presents the facts and points out the idiosyncrasies that are within the already standing immigration plans and policy's; Because of Buchholz's stance as the former Economic adviser for President Bush (Senior), We are to assume his ideas and thoughts are beneficial to us as an audience to read and trust as fact. He organizes his arguments very well throughout the piece and ends with another audience relating statement about the present Governor of California, Arnold Swarzenegger. There is however much more to this piece than just a casual informative column.

The Theme's of this piece are to persuade our views as an audience to that of the Rhetor's own and to rationalize with us that he is correct in his solution to the Immigrant issue. He gives many solutions to what we should do and how we should do it. The public stands in two directions. He mentions the people who support the "amnesty for illegal aliens", and the people who are against illegal aliens being in the United states. According to United States Department of Labor, Washington, DC, "The number of unemployed persons was 8.3 million in January and the unemployment rate was 5.6%." This makes it hard for the already unemployed to want more people to migrate to the US because then there would be more people with out jobs or worse. They new immigrants would take any existing jobs that were open. But yet even with this crucial evidence Buchholz picks a bit of an unusual approach in that he doesn't try to pick one side of the audience to relate with, but yet he proposes an entirely different answer the issue. He suggests that "Rather than attracting millions of uneducated people", we should, "pry open the legal gates to recruit many more educated, skilled people, whether from...

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