Alfano, Christine L. and Alyssa J. O’Brien. Envision In Depth: Reading, Writing, and Researching Arguments, 2nd Edition. Boston: Longman, 2011.
Length: 10 pages, Times New Roman, 12 point font, double-spaced, with 1 inch margins. You must use at least nine sources, at least three from primary sources, and at least six from secondary sources.
Primary Sources (Choose at least three from the following articles) from the book of Envision in Depth:
• “Crossing Cultures” (pp 525-26)
• “Borderlands” (pp 526-30)
• “Calls to Shut U.S.-Mexico Border Grow in Flu Scare”
• “The New Common Sense”
• “Mexico’s Other Border” (pp 536-39)
• “America’s Toughest Sheriff’ Takes on Immigration” (pp539-45)
• “With Immigration, Racism Knows No Borders” (pp546-48)
• “Thomas L. Friedman: Foe of Open-Borders and ‘Comprehensive Immigration Reform’?” (pp550-52)
• “Phoenix (Los) Suns Wade Into Immigration Fight” (pp557-58)
You are responsible for six secondary sources, four of each must be from:
• “Hailing the Twelve Million”
• “Economic Dynamics and Changes in Attitudes Toward Undocumented Mexican Immigrants in Arizona”
• “Arizona, the Anti-Immigrant Laboratory”
• “A Model of Authoritarianism, Social Norms, and Personal Values: Implications for Arizona Law Enforcement and Immigration Policy”
Background to Prompt
On April 23, 2010, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed SB1070 into law, which declared it unlawful to provide sanctuary or work to undocumented immigrants and which allowed law enforcement officials to question and determine the immigration status of any individual suspected of being undocumented. In June of 2012, the United States Supreme Court upheld the provision that allowed for immigration status checks during law enforcement stops. Three other provisions were declared unconstitutional. Those who support the law argue that the law defends a border state plagued by drug cartel activity. Those who oppose SB1070 assert that the law is unfair, racist, and that it justifies the racial profiling of people who “look Latino.”
Given what you have researched, is the Arizona government justified in implementing SB1070?
General Outline/Getting Started:
1. When you think about these questions, what issues and readings immediately come to mind?
2. How do you plan to “hook” the reader in your opening paragraph?
3. Remember, your thesis statement is made up of your position and rationale. What is your tentative thesis?
4. What points will you offer to the reader in support of your thesis?
5. What is your counterargument? (Remember to avoid the strawman fallacy.)
6. How do you plan to dismantle the points contained in the counterargument?
Structure of an Essay
• Thesis and Introduction: (1 Paragraph)
Topic Sentence/hook – Grab the audience’s attention.
Introduction of some of your main points (2 points)
Context: Introducing the scholarly conversation. What do the experts say? Authors? Text to?
Thesis statement (the position and a rationale)
Note: No sources in introduction paragraph
• Counter argument and logical fallacies: (1-2 Paragraphs)
Opposing point of view (Start with word “The opposition argues that…”)
• Rebuttal: (1 Paragraph)
Where you dismantle the opposite point of view
• Body Paragraphs
Set up (context) for the quote
Quote. Every quote must have:
• Signal phrase
• Actual quote
• MLA-style in text citation
• Commentary/analysis of quote
Explain/analyze the quote
• Conclusion Paragraph