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Thang NguyenRWS 281Professor WilliamsProject 1The BorderIllegal immigration has always been a controversial issue in the past decades. Even though extra precautions have been taking to attempt to solve this issue, the number of illegal immigrants enter the U.S every year remains high. In the article “The Border” published by The Atlantic Monthly, in January 2006, Ross Douthat and Jenny Woodson attempt to bring this issue under the microscope, and illustrate the problem in a more detailed perspective. Since illegal immigration affects almost everyone in the U.S, it is safe to assume that this article is directed at the public, especially the middle class voters. “The Border” was published in 2006, during the pre-recession time when there was a large influx of immigrants every year. The article was mostly informative, but underlining that, the authors imply that nothing can be achieved to solve this issue unless the popular and elite opinion can somehow narrowed and a middle ground can be agreed upon. Overall, the article is very successful, coherent, and effective despite some minor problems. In the article, the authors include tremendous amounts factual evidence and statistics that strengthen their claim. Also, there are some details that they overlook, and that leads to weakened supportive reasoning. First, by showing a large amount of details, the authors successfully create a strong argument, claiming that security improvements are futile. There are a lot of statistics and facts regarding the amount of illegal immigrants that attempt to cross the border and the number that make it through every year. In the very first paragraph, Douthat and Woodson give specific numbers: “1.3 million people were caught”, and “nearly 200,000 were attempting to cross.” There are also extended details regarding how border security improves in recent decades,
including extended roadways, flood lights, motion sensors, video cameras, and patrolling aircrafts. A lot of factual data is included and it is really convincing for a very simple reason: it