Along with economy globalization, immigrants flowing are irreversible. Today, immigration is a topic that has sparked a wide range of reactions in the United States. However, the Trump administration plans to end the Temporary Protected Status program. People respond differently to the issue of whether stopping to protect the Temporary Status for Salvadorans. Most Salvadorans immigrations advise against the decision. Among them, Rodman Serrano, a student of Sony Brook University, whose parents are Salvadorans immigrations, writes an article “ President Trump Is Breaking Up My Family”, published on New York Times in 2018, to argue that ending TPS program will separate his family who are as American as any others. The author targets President Trump and other politicians because he wants Congress and Trump to find a solution for TPS holders. From my perspective, Serrano’s claim is very effective and convincible because he uses all the three kinds of appeals, logos, ethos and pathos very skillfully and proficiency, which help readers to feel his situation and persuade them to step up and make congress change their decision.
In his article, Serrano uses many emotional examples and languages as appeal of pathos, which are very convincible. What’s more, these appeals examine readers that people need to defend Temporary Protected Status. At the beginning of the article, the author build a very happy situation that he was accepted to Stone Brook University and he mentions that he is close to his dream of being a teacher. After that, he says that his dreams are broken because of ending T.P.S. Contrasting these two parts, readers could be very emotional.
Having been accepted by University already but his family will be separated. It gives readers a sense of dropping from the joy to sorrow. As we all know, Enrolling in university is a joyous event but being separated with family members is distressing. The author perfectly builds a very sadness environment that may make audience feel sympathy. Therefore, the readers could extend to support author’s opinion and defend T.P.S. program. On the other hand, the author talks about his younger sisters, who “he fears for”. Without their parents, they have to raise money by taking semester off. As we all know, how important the study is. However, they have to sacrifice because of Trump’s decision. The author uses the word “ fear of” in a very sorrowful tone to convince readers who has a family, how he worries about his family and how poor his younger sisters are. Aristotle, Serrano are able to demonstrate the disaster of ending T.P.S, which allow readers to make very emotional conclusions.
Moreover, the author uses many his personal experience and actual observations as logos to show how unfortunate his family is and persuade readers that many Salvadorans are like them. His parents have worked in a factory for a long time and they used to have several job at the same time. Working in factory is very toilsome. What’s more, their parents even had more jobs at the same time, which is so laborious and pathetic. As author said “ My acceptance and enrollment into college is as much a reflection of my parent hard work as it is my own.” (Serrano, 4) Author’s parents work hardly and conscientiously only for their children. Serrano uses his personal experience to show that his families are very kind and normal and it make readers to understand how immigrants who fled El Salvador live in United States. They are not criminals and they desire to be treated as Americans so that readers may think ending TPS may be a not good idea. The author’s personal experience is the real sense of TPS holders and it make readers feel the author has enough ability and experience to stand for TPS holders. Furthermore, the author claims that there are about 200,000 other Salvadorans like his situation. The statistic make author’s argue more effective because ending TPS is not just about author’s family but also 200,000 others. Such big group of people needs to be treaded carefully and nicely.
Serrano also uses some ethos to develop his appeals. Serrano mentions that he is a college student and his dream is a high school English teacher. As a college student, Serrano has a high education. In the future, he could be an English teacher who has to be knowledgeable and trustworthy. The author’s background helps readers believe what author talks about. The author builds credibility and conveys to convince readers that he can be trusted. On the other hand, the article is published on New York Times that is one of the most famous and popular magazines in the world. Articles that Published on New York Times are competent and reliable.
Consequently, the article is very convincing because of using the three kinds of appeals proficiency. Serrano’s create a powerful and persuasive argument by perfectly using appeals of logos, ethos and pathos and that makes the article very authentic and receivable. Furthermore, he makes readers get closer his emotion, which make his article even more convincible.