week 7 discussion ethics and justice 8405

From the start of the course, you have examined the perspective that thinking ethically and acting morally requires acknowledging and pursuing a life in which we regard others not as means but as ends. Ethics and morality oblige us to treat others as we would want to be treated. Ethical decisions move us to act in ways that seek the greatest good for the greatest number.

In our Discussion this week, you apply these principles to the topic of immigration. What does treating “the other” as an end, not merely as a means, look like when applied to the immigrant? When people seek asylum in a country, what should be its ethical response?

As with so many “right versus right” issues, immigration has been, and likely will continue to be, extremely challenging. You will explore and discuss the matter this week.


Be sure to review the Learning Resources before completing this activity.
Click the weekly resources link to access the resources.


To prepare:

Review the Learning Resources for this week. Consider the ethical and moral obligations of public policy professionals as they consider the variety of circumstances that evolve around individual issues.
Select a topic from the list below. In your post, analyze the ethical and moral issues from a public policy perspective for the topic you selected. (Note: Make sure to include the topic in your post):

Often, it is the case that the best interests of a society are served when citizens remain and apply their energies and creative abilities where they were born and raised. Support or critique the public policy that seeks to fight root causes of migration in order to enable people to stay where they were born and raised.
Support or refute the broadly recognized principles of “state sovereignty” and “noninterference,” which imply that states are free to exclude all immigrants or to freely select to admit some and exclude others.
Compare morally legitimate and morally impermissible criteria for governmental immigration exclusion or selection policies.
The Cato Institute (Nowrasteh, 2018) published “The 14 Most Common Arguments against Immigration and Why They’re Wrong.” Read and critique the article based on the course resources: Cato:WrongArguments_2018Links to an external site..
Explain why nations either have an obligation to naturalize all permanent residents or may refuse some. Justify any morally legitimate criteria of exclusion.

Nowrasteh, A. (2018, May 2). The 14 most common arguments against immigration and why they’re wrong. Cato at Liberty. https://www.cato.org/blog/14-most-common-arguments-against-immigration-why-theyre-wrong?utm_source=social&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Cato%20Social%20Share

Support your postings and responses with specific references to the resources.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.

Respond to at least one of your colleagues who responded to a different topic from the one you selected by (a) indicating your concurrence, including an explanation of why you agree, or (b) by respectfully sharing your reason(s) for disagreement.

Note: For this Discussion, you are required to complete your initial post before you will be able to view and respond to your colleagues’ postings. Begin by clicking on the To Participate in this Discussion link, and then select Create Thread to complete your initial post. Remember, once you click Submit, you cannot delete or edit your own posts—and you cannot post anonymously. Please check your post carefully before clicking Submit!

Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you have learned and/or any insights that you have gained through reading and reflecting on of your colleagues’ comments.