end of semester recap

My topic was about immigration and the immigration executive order that was put into affect after Trump was elected. The ban was dubbed the Muslim ban because it focused on 6 predominantly Muslim countries. It halted immigration from these countries for up to 90 days and banned refugees from Syria all together.

The first essay i did was evaluative.  I spoke in detail about the ban and the issue at large. I spoke about why people were afraid of immigrants and how this left the nation divided. I also explained the consequences that came with banning immigrants from entering the u.s. The second essay i did was a rebuttal paper. I chose one article that gave very good reasons as to why the U.S should not allow immigrants and then i chose an article that proved each one of those view points wrong. The last essay i did was a policy argument since this topic is very broad and affects essentially the whole world. I called on the U.S government to do something. I included many different stats to persuade them towards my idea.

My research method was difficult since my topic is fairly new. The issue started around end of of January so i did not have a lot to work with. Most of the articles I found were a bit bias as they were opinion articles so i tried to weed those out. It was also difficult finding new sources for each essay and trying not to sound too repetitive . I used google to look for articles, mainly i would put a filter and find articles that had come out just that day and also found them from reliable sources that were said not to be bias. since my topic was broad i used stats from years before going as far back as the 1900s to talk about how immigrants have affected the U.S thus far.

Some articles I have used are listed below:

Foster, Howard W., C. Christine Fair, Grover G. Norquist, and Riju Agrawal. “Why More Immigration Is Bad for America.” The National Interest. The Center for the National Interest, 5 Sept. 2014. Web. 03 Apr. 2017.

Pérez-Peña, Richard. “Contrary to Trump’s Claims, Immigrants Are Less Likely to Commit Crimes.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 26 Jan. 2017. Web. 03 Apr. 2017.

Senne, Steven. “How Many Immigrants, Refugees Come to the United States, and Which Countries They Come from – The Boston Globe.” BostonGlobe.com. Metro, 30 Jan. 2017. Web. 03 Apr. 2017.

“Snapshot of U.S Immigration 2016.” NCSL. National Conference of State Legislatures, 24 Feb. 2016. Web. 03 Apr. 2017.

For the most part i did not learn anything new. I have always from the beginning believed that immigrants are what built America and banning them is a heartless thing to do. I was however very happy to find statistics that proved Crime rates and violence cannot be blamed on immigrants alone. I also liked that the Obama administration accepted Syrian refugees just last year. I hope to see more immigration reform in the future and the executive ban gone.





blog post 8- zanib ahmad

For the third essay i plan on doing a policy proposal essay since my topic affects not only the United Sates but essentially the world as a whole. My topic deals with how messed up the immigration policy is in the U.S and also on the executive order banning immigration . I am hoping the the U.S can come up with a new policy that allows a certain amount of immigrants in every year. Americans visit different countries every day for vacation or honeymoons, so it’s a bit hypocritical to ban people from coming to the United States. You want to visit a country because you want an exotic place to visit for your honeymoon, Syrians are trying to escape bombs, but yet you can get your wish pretty easily.  I hope to find different sources that urge the president to let in immigrants especially from war torn Syria. i also hope to find articles that separate immigrants from their religion. https://hilltop.corban.edu/news/banning-immigration-bans

Visual Argument

My picture has to do with America and Syria. My essay number 2 topic is focused on immigrants and why they make America great. Why we need immigrants. I have heard more reasons than I can count as to why America should not accept any more immigrants. This picture shows Uncle Sam’s hat, a symbol used for freedom in the past stating the famous ” I want you” quote. Instead of leaving it at the quote I added an unless due to the fact that Freedom in America is not free at all nor is it free for everyone. Freedom in America is only for those it deems American. The country dictated below is Syria, which I thought fit since the previous Immigration order signed by Trump banned all Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. The picture itself is pretty self explanatory. 20170410_143549.jpg

Reflection essay 2

I am very proud of my second essay. I challenged myself to go in to detail with all of my stats and really try to crunch the numbers. I verified my numbers on multiple sites rather than just take one into account. I ran into a little trouble with one of the bullet points i was trying to argue against, as many articles came up that proved my stance to be false. I searched for a while before finding a credible source to prove my point. I believe my second was more controlled because of the amount of sources involved, i researched the author for all the sources before adding them to my paper. I dont think my writing got better to be honest i just believe i added more credibility.

Essay #2

So far I have finished around 500 words but still have a long way to go. I decided t.o do a rebuttal for my second essay and picked an article to argue against. I started with pointing out all the criteria the article has to offer and plan on examining each point more in depth. I plan on finding articles to argue each of  one of the authors points.  I don’t like that my essay because it isn’t that clear.  I like that my information is very detailed though with many different articles.  This is different from my first essay because i am adding statistics.  The peer review was great, i learned on how to improve my topic and make my thesis a little bit more clear. It also helped me pick up ideas to add into my essay.

Blog post #5

For the second essay I have decided to do a rebuttal argument.  I can’t do a casual essay because the first essay I wrote was more laid back and just had facts rather than a hard thesis. I also can’t do an ethical essay because this thesis is heavily opinionated and my right is someone else wrong and vise versa. I plan on going in depth with my thesis from the first essay, which was how immigrants are good for the United States. I looked up articles that support my thesis and also those that oppose it. I went into detail by reading the articles against my thesis very carefully.

I plan on finding a list of reasons as to why people might be against allowing more immigrants to enter the United States and arguing against them one by one. I would like to have around 3 different reasons as to why this is an issue and have three different paragraphs for each. i found a source from 2014 that goes against my thesis but am trying to find articles that are fairly new.

Foster, Howard W., Jacob Heilbrunn, Dov S. Zakheim, and Charles V. Peña. “Why More Immigration Is Bad for America.” The National Interest. The Center for the National Interest, n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.

Annotated Bibliography

Zanib Ahmad

Blog post #3


Bier, David. “Five Reasons Refugees Are Good for U.S. Security.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 23 Mar. 2016. Web. 12 Mar. 2017

In the Huffington Post, titled “Five reasons refugees are good for U.S. Security”, David Bier gives valid reasons as to why the United States should be more accepting to receiving refugees and immigrants. His opinion stands on more of the humanity side of this battle, as he believes those fleeing a terror zone should have a safe landing zone. He talks about how refugees are just as anti ISIS as the rest of the united states, they had no choice but to leave. Rejecting refugees keeps them in the danger zones where ISIS is in control and uses them for financial reasons and labor. Isis also puts wrongs ideas into Muslims especially childrens heads, accepting them would get rid of these false beliefs. Refugees know the territory well and know of leaders and other crucial information, Bier believes they are assets not threats.

Friedman, Uri. “Where America’s Terrorists Actually Come From.” The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 30 Jan. 2017. Web. 12 Mar. 2017.

Where Americas Terrorists Really Come From”, is an article by Uri Friedman that talks statistics on the refugee crisis. The Muslim ban targets seven Muslim countries because many people believe them to be threats but Friedmans article shows that many of the Countries on the list did not actually contribute to terrorism in the U.S. National born citizens of the seven countries have contributed 0% to the terrorism in the united states between 1975 to 2015. He goes on to state that three Americans have been killed by refugees in those years, all by Cuban refugees which isn’t listen on the Immigration executive order. This article includes many sources from Alex Norwasteh, including a chart that shows terror attacks committed by different countries. He ends it by stating that if Trumps ban and Americas views stay the same, the new executive order will save 0 lives, and stop minimal terror attacks.


Annotated bibliographies are important I believe because one , it keeps all my information organized. Some days I cannot remember which author wrote what and can only remember their name, and since the bibliography is in alphabetical order it makes it easy to find. Writing annotate bibliographies also makes me read everything more thoroughly so I have an easier time summarizing it. This also helps to make sure I give credit to the write owner and do not plagiarize. Another good thing that comes from this is better research skills.

Immigration Executive Order Synthesis

My main topic is very broad as it affects the whole world but can be narrowed down to a few bullet points. President Donald J. Trump set an executive order in place that  essentially  would vet anyone coming into the United States, banned all Syrian refugees trying to enter, blocked immigrants coming from seven majority Muslim countries :Iran, Iraq,Libya,Yemen,Syria,Somalia, and Sudan, and also cause major issues for those with legal means of entering the U.S such as study abroad students and those with legal visas or green cards.

Liam Stacks covers social,political, and breaking news. He speaks Arabic fluently and has worked as a Middle East reporter for seven years talking about the Arab community and all that comes with it. He know writes articles for the New York Times where I stumbled on his immigration piece. It is titled Trump’s Executive Order On Immigration: What we know and what we Don’t”. The title very much stays true to exactly what his article is about and is very easy to read through. It starts with a little background on who the ban affects, it lists the seven countries I knew were affected again and also confirms that people with legal means faced consequences stating ” The immigration ban unleashed chaos on the immigration system and in airports in the United States and overseas,..” The article also gives readers the ability to look at the full text of the Presidents actual order for those who want to interpret it for themselves. I tried to read the real text by myself and got a bit confused so I am very happy Stacks summarizes the main points for me to get a better understanding of the topic. The article then goes on to have two sections, things we know about the topic, and things we do not yet know about the ban. Stacks goes on to tell us the time and date the ban was signed and went into affect. He talks about all the people that were detained at airports trying to renter the U.S immediately following the order signing. He goes on to talk about the protests and riots that emerged as word got about this order. Stacks is quick to add about a federal judge who was able to block a part of the ban and others followed soon after. This part helps my research because it shows there are ways to reverse the Presidents power. It also shows me that the President is not keen to those who oppose him as “Mr.Trump fired Ms. Yates just hours after she defied him”. His article also estimates how many people would be affected right after the ban was signed. Stacks does not have a lot of information under the “What we do not know yet” subtopic besides that we do not know how different airport officials will be complying with this ban.The next article was a bit different. It was written by Scott Clement of The Washington Times, who works as their polling manager. This article titled “President Trump is on shaky ground with his new immigration order” is filled with stats so it differs from the first right off the bat. The article starts off with a poll that was done in January on whether to deport illegal immigrants. In march 2016 another poll was conducted on whether to deport 11 million immigrants living in the U.S, this poll had the opposite results of the first.The issue arises when the numbers prove that illegal immigrants do not or do commit the same amount of crimes as those with legal means of living here. The article ends with talking about how many people did not agree with Trump but agree with him more than Hillary Clinton.


Immigration ban executive order

On January 27th, 2017, president Donald Trump signed an executive order that essentially banned all Syrian refugees from entry into the United States. Along with that statement, it also has an extreme vetting process that immigrants would have to go through. The issue arises when realizing that this executive order targets mainly Seven countries; Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia, all of which are majority Muslim countries. Much like the election this ban has caused a divide in the U.S with some being opposed to the idea while others being all for it. The U.S today is made up of many kinds of immigrants today who are very against this ban. The ban caused a major issue for visa holders, international students studying in the U.S and outside, and those with legal green cards, many of whom were detained at airports and not allowed to reenter the U.S. Many cities broke out in protests after hearing this news. The New York Times has a great article which sums up exactly what the executive order does and information we do not yet know of yet (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/29/us/trump-refugee-ban-muslim-executive-order.html ). NPR also lets us take a look at the full text of this executive order, it can be found at ( http://www.npr.org/2017/01/31/512439121/trumps-executive-order-on-immigration-annotated).

I picked this topic because I identify as a Muslim immigrant. I am from Pakistan and although this ban does not affect my country directly, my religion unites all of us making it hard to see people wronged. Everyone in my family is a citizen except for my mother who holds a valid green card. We are all going overseas this summer for a wedding, a happy event, but it got me thinking about what would have happened if my mother was from one of those seven countries. Would she even be allowed back into the country? Would this ban have split up my family? These are some of the reasons I chose this topic.


Stack, Liam. “Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration: What We Know and What We Don’t.”NY Times. The New York Times, 29 Jan. 2017. Web. 11 Feb. 2017.

“Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration, Annotated.” NPR. NPR, n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2017.