This article is an opinion editorial published in the Washington Post, written by an associate professor at Syracuse University Maxwell’s School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. The fact that the author works at this particular school could give her some bias as to whether or not she believes illegal immigrants should become citizens. This article is basically a history lesson describing the founding fathers’ views on immigration and things like that, and the author states that she thinks their “clear answer” is the right one: Anyone who stays in this country long enough and serves to help make this country better through work/service/etc., deserves citizenship. Personally, I agree with this.
Most of this article was historical facts and analysis of these facts, but there was definitely some opinion integrated throughout it. The author uses words like “unfair” and phrases like “We can learn from [our founding fathers]”. This is one key trait of opinion editorials, as is the fact that – instead of a lead – the author begins this article with a question: “Who deserves to be a US citizen?” This is a much more informal way to begin a journalistic piece of writing.
There is some clear bias in that this article is located in the “Left-Leaning” section of the op-eds, so that means the author is probably a Democrat – this also shows through in her saying that she agrees with the more “open-door” policy that the founding fathers had regarding immigration.
The fourth paragraph on the second page of the article is much shorter than some of the other paragraphs, being only three sentences long. There isn’t much opinion in this paragraph, but there is the fact that the author considers the delay in giving immigrants citizenship “shameful”, as it was in the Colonial era. This paragraph pretty much summarizes the article’s main idea, and it does it rather effectively with relatively short sentences and powerful word choices like “shame”.
SOURCE ARTICLE: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/should-illegal-immigrants-become-citizens-lets-ask-the-founding-fathers/2013/02/01/ec3cca66-6bba-11e2-bd36-c0fe61a205f6_story_1.html