Dream Act

Rhetorical Analysis of “DREAM Act Gives Hope to Undocumented Students”

Michelle Wiebach, writer at the Daily Titan, published her outlook on the DREAM Act in her September 22, 2010 piece, “DREAM Act Gives Hope to Undocumented Students.” Wiebach writes of the common struggles for student immigrants in her supportive commentary of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act), a policy founded on the basis of providing legal residency for immigrants after they either attend college or serve for two years in the military.   Although the DREAM Act has been in debate for over a decade, it has once again failed to meet the required votes at Senate.   In addition to the issues’ already controversial substance, the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, regarding the appearance of homosexuals in the military, was attached the bill.
Throughout her commentary, Wiebach writes of the struggles of illegal students, creating an emotional connection with her readers.   She opens the article with the anecdote of Saul, a high school graduate anxious to attend college.   Although he attempted to apply for financial aid, Saul was shut down and felt as if college was not an option.   Propelled by his will to attend college, Saul then began to work and save his money.   Eventually, he was able to attend college. At this point, Wiebach’s argument loses its emotional effect and unfortunately, the attempt to make Saul into a struggling student does not work as effectively as she planned. Since illegal immigrants are not qualified for financial aid, Saul was forced to work for his education.   However, there are masses of students that are legal citizens forced to fight the same battle as Saul. Being denied financial aid and working for an education is a reality that thousands of legal and illegal students must face; furthermore, Saul is no different than his legal counterpart.
Following the educational story of Saul, Wiebach introduces William Perez, a professor at...