Why DACA Should Stay in the United States
The audience directed for my argument is for those who believe that President Trump should remove DACA. Specifically, these are the Republican men and women who have the advantage of having citizenship in the United Sates. It is the white folks who try to reason their argument to repeal DACA by stating that the money funded for DACA should go somewhere else. An example of the harsh comments made by U.S. citizens towards DACA is how “thanks to DACA, taxpayers spend hundreds of millions annually to reunite the (mostly) uneducated minors with (mostly) illegal alien parents in the U.S. That's money that should have gone to support schools, hospitals, and job-training for American youth” (Wilcox). The reason why I chose these group of people as my audience is because of unjust behavior they believe is tolerable because of the new presidency. The quote previously stated refers to “taxpayers” as U.S. citizens. DACA recipients work, similar to any U.S. citizen. Thus, they are taxpayers who invest in the economy by purchasing items at the local grocery store, or even paying for an education in any US institution. The audience that my argument targets on is for those who have trouble understanding why DACA should be kept, and improved. It is also directed to the conservatives that believe DACA should not be allowed, regardless of the child’s circumstances when arriving to the US. In addition, my audience appeals to DACA recipients who are too afraid to speak up and say DACA needs improvement. My argument is directed for the quiet voices walking around campus, working day-to-day, making their dreams come true by holding a DACA permit for the minimum of two years. In all, my audience is for both conservatives and students and young adults who hold DACA because DACA should be kept, and must be improved for the sake of the recipient.
The audience characteristics I have determined are the conservative, privileged folks who feel as though those who qualify for DACA are damaging the US economy. These are the kind of people against DACA that expect my argument to be on how those who illegally crossed the border deserve no punishment. While DACA recipients are children and young adults who were not born in the United States, no one deserves to be punished for aiming to have a better life more not only themselves, but for their families in the future. In contrast, the other half of my audience focuses on actual DACA recipients that are too afraid to ask for improvement, in fear that they may be deported. I want to be their voice and encourage those against DACA to be open on the idea of allowing children and young adults to stay in the US.
I will attempt to appeal to the audience of my argument by using statistics on DACA receipts that have helped the economy. For example, “the data illustrate that DACA recipients are making significant contributions to the economy by buying cars and first homes, which translate into more revenue for states and localities in the form of sales and property taxes” (Wong). This demonstrates how rather than hurting the economy, DACA receipts help benefit the US. In addition, I plan to appeal to pathos by asking my audience to put themselves into perspective. To do this, I will provide interview question and answers between current U of A students and I, speaking about how it is like to be a DACA student on the University of Arizona campus. Exemplifying this is Amairany Rodelo, a peer that has openly discussed that “Because of President Trump, I’ve experienced open racism regarding my status and my access to receive education” (Rodelo). I plan on asking them to vividly picture wanting to provide their children a better future than the life they currently have in other countries outside the US. If they had the ability to offer their children a more stable, financial and successful future, to what extent would they go? Millions of undocumented parents travel to the US in hopes of a better outcome for their children than their own. The love a parent has for a child is incomparable, one must put themselves into perspective to realize that a brighter future for a child is worth risking the outcome when crossing the border. DACA must stay in the United States, regardless of the current presidency. In total, though the use of perspective in light of facts and those who are experiencing the attack on such a problem, is my way to address my targeted audience.
Contributor, Dale Wilcox Opinion. "Why Trump Must End DACA." TheHill. The Hill, 29 Jan. 2017. Web. 24 Apr. 2017.
Rodelo, Amairany. Personal Interview. 24 March 2017.
Wong, Tom K. "New Study of DACA Beneficiaries Shows Positive Economic and Educational Outcomes." Center for American Progress. N.p., 18 Nov. 2016. Web. 24 Apr. 2017.