PHI 220 Week 3 Assignment | Strayer University
Week 3 Assignment -
Case Study: Criminal Justice Ethics
Read the following case study and respond to
the question below.
In 1982, a U.S. Supreme Court decision
entitled undocumented illegal immigrants to free education from kindergarten
through grade 12. About 65,000 undocumented students graduated from U.S.
colleges in 2009 alone. Miguel ("Mike”) and his parents crossed the border
illegally from Mexico when he was only two. The family has been living in
California for the past 15 years, where his father works as a laborer and his
mother as a chambermaid. Mike graduated as valedictorian of his class and also
won a prestigious science award. Given his family’s financial situation, he can
go to college only because California is one of about twenty states, as of
2018, that allow in-state tuition for children of undocumented immigrants, if
they have attended high school in their states. This practice has been
challenged in federal court as a violation of federal immigration law (1).
Several states have already banned
undocumented immigrants from their public colleges and universities, arguing
that a college education is a scarce resource and tax money should be spent
helping citizens get a college education rather than funding the education of
undocumented immigrants. Critics also argue that the policy provides an
enticement for people to come to the United States illegally. Supporters of
in-state tuition argue that it is wrong to punish children for their parents’
actions. In addition, the chance for a college education provides an incentive
for bright students to reach their potential as productive members of society.
Question: Should in-state tuition be granted to undocumented
1. Judith Boss. 2020. Analyzing Moral Issues.
p. 363 McGraw-Hill Higher Education 7th edition textbook available at
Use the Case Study Assignment Template to do the following:
Describe the relevant facts of the case.
Clarify concepts relevant to the case.
Apply a moral standard to the case.
Articulate a conclusion to the stated question.
Include at least two references, such as the textbook and other
readings, to support your arguments.
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The specific course learning outcome
associated with this assignment is:
Practice the application of ethics to everyday life.