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A Rhetorical Analysis of “Born in the U.S.A.” by Kevin Clarke“Born in the U.S.A.” is an article written by Kevin Clarke that addresses the controversial topic of birthright citizenship in relation to illegal immigrants. In order to do so, he makes a number of connections with the reader. Although I am impartial to all arguments, I do have to agree with the author’s ideology. Being a political science major highly interested in the context of constitutional legitimacy and multiple facets of domestic affairs, I find particular interest in issues relating to the 14thAmendment entailing birthright citizenship. This analysis will explore the different strategies Kevin Clarke uses to persuade reader to support illegal immigration. Kevin Clarke reveals his ideological position on the all-to-popular domestic issue, his attitude towards outward ideas with regard to his own personal bias, and rationalizes the reasoning as to why illegal immigrants are pushing the “birther movement.”Kevin Clarke is an avid advocate of immigration as a whole and truthfully there is merit to his argument. Immigration promotes economic and political growth as well as increasing diversity in a country that is slowly starting to reflect all the colors of the world and not just the red, white, and blue. There is a debate however over the intentions of immigrants, specifically illegal immigrants. It is becoming apparent that the intention of illegal immigrants, assuming they are with child or planning on having a child, is to have their child born specifically on American soil because of the 14thAmendment to the constitution. The amendment, originally intended to clarify the citizenship of freed slaves, gives instant citizenship to any person born in the United States or any of its territories, military bases, or assorted colonial leftovers. To certain individuals and political officials, illegal immigrants are abusing the 14thAmendment through a means of crossing the border specifically for the intention of having a child born a citizen. These children are called anchor babies because once they are born here, they are citizens and the
government can’t touch them. This is a highly controversial issue and it has led to pushes in