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  1. Introduction
  2. The attitude of the highway patrolmen
  3. The expressive aim
  4. The secondary aim of persuasion
  5. The experience of the border dealing with US immigration
  6. Conclusion

In ? Close Encounters with US Immigration,? Adnan R. Khan recounts his experience of being profiled for his skin color and ethnically distinct name when attempting to regain entry back into the USA. After having his car searched, notebook confiscated, questioned by the Joint Terrorism Task Force, and being made to feel like a criminal that needs to prove his innocence, Khan asks if this was really in the interest of protecting Americans. He concludes with austere contrast of crossing the Canadian border, which took only two questions in a few minutes. So the author's central idea behind this essay can be expressed best when he says, ?When it was all over, I couldn't help but laugh as I drove back over the bridge, picturing my personal profile wasting kilobytes in an FBI database. I'd been grilled by three levels of American security and for what? Had America's national interest really been served??(466).

Tags: Close encounters with US immigration, Adnan Khan and US immigration, Adnan Khan's close encounters with US immigration, Close encounters with US immigration by Adnan.R. khan, Adnan R. Khan

[...] Chavez is suggesting that other people should not be upset at being targeted based on race, and it is emotionally loaded, implying a rhetorical, it doesn't bother me, why should it bother In ?Close Encounters with US Immigration,? Khan uses the expressive tone to show that he isn't provoking any incurrence against himself, and to put his emotions center stage. Also, in first person, the expressive aim here distributes the weight of Khan's beliefs in ascending order, as the essay builds momentum. [...]

[...] Racial profiling here smacks of almost a detention camp, close and personal to anyone not white, or white in another country. Rich in descriptive words, the phrasing here is dramatic, yet reserved with words like or ?depressingly happy,? and implies his evaluation of a whole lifestyle shaped by profiling. Once again, here Khan does not outright condone or condemn racial profiling, but leaves the audience to judge if the scene he paints would be acceptable, applied to them. Being a Muslim, and an editor for a newspaper, plays a large role also, in how valid the judgment calls Khan makes are, or are not. [...]

[...] The severe contrast of US immigration's three hours, to Canada's three minutes says more than Khan has to, and incites laughter, however bittersweet. The secondary aim of persuasion is felt heavily in Chavez's ?Everything Isn't Racial Profiling,? obviously starting with even the title of her essay. Linda Chavez's positions at the White House under Ronald Regan and the first President Bush indicate an impressive career in the field of politics. Being a Mexican-American, and having a history of being profiled supports the ethical proof that she has a right to speak about this social issue. [...]

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