In this essay about the article redacted by Reese Jones Why to Build a Border Wall? different aspects will be presented. A summary of the topic will be presented to explain what the author is trying to communicate and his point of view in his article. Also, a rhetorical and ideas critique along with a personal reflection will be presented. This article is about the purpose of border walls and their benefits from dividing two different places. In the rhetorical critique, his appeal to ethos, logos, and pathos will be identified and explained briefly, also, in the ideas critique, his ideas will be critiqued to support a different point of view.
In Reece Jones article Why to Build a Border Wall?, originally published on November 8, 2012, in the North American Congress of Latin America, Jones explains the United States purpose of building a border wall. He states that these walls and fences are the results of the state internal politics and three specific reasons are made up to construct a border wall. These reasons are based on the state sovereignty, protection of wealth and cultural practices. Jones also establishes that barrier constructions legitimate and intensifies the internal practices of a sovereign state. This ends by claiming territorial difference by both places surrounding the wall. …show more content…
Jones adds that over the 20th century, some territories produced substantial wealth inequalities which increased the desire of people for getting somewhere else to pursue better economic opportunities. Border walls are being constructed to limit people move from place to place by the fear that populations movements will change the life inside the state and to divide economic wealthy states from poor
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The history of Operation Gatekeeper was a Clinton-era measure that was implemented by the U.S. Border Patrol. Operation Gatekeeper was announced in Los Angeles on September 17, 1994, by then U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno. The Operation in 1994 was established with the objective of regaining control of the San Diego-Tijuana Border, which is the busiest land crossing in the world (Nevins, 2003). Operation Gatekeeper was a calculated plan that called for three tiers of agent deployment. The primary fence with various other USBP implementation initiatives along the San Diego border proved to effective but fiscally and environmental expensive.
The border between the United States and Mexico is nearly 2,000 miles long. Over the past few years, the United States had form a policy called Secure Fence Act to prevent drug sellers and terrorists out of America (Clifford). The act constructed fences to cover about one third of the border between Mexico and America along California, New Mexico, Texas and so on. Unfortunately, there were less environmental considerations when making the policy. The Los Angeles Times reported that in additional to build the fences, the United States government has been eluded over thirty environmental and cultural laws (Campbell).
Common Similarities between Bartleby’s and Etheridge Knight’s Prison of capitalism Bartleby and Etheridge both symbolize a challenge to capitalist ideology. They determination is not to surrender themselves to capitalism. Still, they are unable to move out of their private world and make public characteristics of themselves. They are two symbols of contemporary American capitalist society and the failure it to preserve the individual’s right and freedom to choose.
In El Norte and Maria Full of Grace, border and border crossing are the key themes. These films provide not only a vivid image on how people cross the ‘physical’ borders, but also reveal the other ‘abstract’ borders, racial, cultural, and classed, that intersect lives. The siblings in El Norte, Enrique, and Rosa Xuncax, have travelled through the abandoned tunnel in Tijuana, Mexico to go to the Promised Land, the U.S., in the hope of getting a better life. In the same boat, Maria in Maria Full of Grace is risking her life as a drug mule successfully crossing the U.S. border. Again, her decision to commit such a risky act is because she wants to improve her family’s economic circumstances.
This scenario is what people hope will be reality if the wall is built all along the southern border. It will create a world where illegal immigrants will have a harder time coming into the United States and disturbing how many Americans live. This wall between the United States and Mexico has led to many arguments on either side. With the United States 2016 Presidential Campaign currently going on and Donald Trump saying that he wants to build a wall between the United States and Mexico, border walls are becoming a popular discussion
Humans rarely change their ways; they stay in their own worlds and always interact with the same types of people. Unfortunately, this habit often creates unseen barriers that divide and alienate human beings from one another. In Luis Alberto Urrea’s book The Devil’s Highway, Urrea provides a personal perspective to immigration by telling the story of 26 illegal immigrants, known as the Wellton 26, who are abandoned as they cross the Mexico-U.S. border. Through their story, Urrea proves there are invisible borders among people that create prejudice, such as language, ethnicity, and economic status. By reading The Devil’s Highway, it is clear that these barriers must be broken down to ensure harmony within society.
After September 11, they sealed the border, built a wall, and began persecuting immigrants and justified it as a problem of security. This perspective became an excuse for everything,” said Sandra Rodriguez, an investigative reporter for Ciudad Juarez’s largest newspaper El Diario. The border and immigration are hot button issues in American politics. Brought up in speeches by candidates from all sides of the aisle and can easily factor into a successful campaign.
Each response is influenced by individual race, gender, and ethnicity. Despite immigration’s necessity to this, Jacob G. Hornberger’s “Keep the Borders Open” in which he argues the case of keeping borders always open “for people traveling inside the United States but also for people traveling or moving to the United States” is not correct (Hornberger, Jacob G. 1). Having open borders prohibits unity and dissolves individual identity; it also breeds anarchy within a nation. There must be order within a country and allowing everyone into an area strains resources, while no security creates chaos and mass terror. With open borders and thus overpopulation, a country will be unable to uphold its beliefs and will fall to disparities within social class, old prejudices, and government corruption.
In The Homeland, Aztlán/El Otro México by Gloria Anzaldúa she writes about “border culture” (41). Using both English and Spanish in her writing and inserting poems, songs and films she talks about the Mexican-American war and the aftermath. She writes about the creation of the borderland as Anzaldúa describes it “a vague and undetermined place created by the emotional residue of an unnatural boundary. It is in a constant state of transition. The prohibited and the forbidden are its inhabitants” (41).
It was a project that went down into Ancient China's history; full of hardship, hard work, and sometimes, even death. The Great Wall of China was built over a 2,000- year period, and measures to 5,488 miles long. Who were the ones behind the biggest wall in the world? It was the Qin Dynasty (“chin”) and the Han Dynasty. Qin had ruled and lived from 221 until 206 BCE and the Han dynasty from 206 BCE until 220 CE.
One of America’s most controversial issues today is the border between the United States and Mexico. The big part of the issue is due to illegal immigration, which is when foreigners enter the U.S. without an entry or an immigrant visa. President Trump says he has found a solution, otherwise known as the “border wall,” but this will not stop people from wanting a better life. Of course I get why he and others would want to continue the process obviously to keep us safe from terrorists and other dangers of the world, but, to every pro there is a con. Even though the fence along the U.S./Mexico border is already being built, it should not continue being built because it is expensive, hurts the environment, and immigration rates have significantly dropped.
In Rachel St. John’s book, “Line in the Sand: A History of the Western U.S.-Mexico Border,” the author offers up “a history of how and why the border changed” (St. John 1). This is her central thesis that she presents, providing evidence and historical context concerning the border and its changes over the course of the late 1800s to the mid-1900s. In seven chapters plus and introduction providing more general information and a conclusion that brings the U.S.-Mexico border situation into the present day, Rachel St. John’s focus is both periodical and geographical. St. John moves across both space and time in her book, looking at how region and era affected the border situation and how these effects differed in significance. St. John takes
There wasn’t just real borders in the novel but there were borders in people’s minds. They didn’t want to think differently than what they already thought. Their racist ways made it to where the immigrants were always the ones to be blamed. This caused for several different types of borders to be depicted throughout the novel. “I told you – he was Mexican” (Boyle 15).