Student: Carlton R. Marcyan
Date: July 30, 2010
The Ethics of Immigration and Hiring of Unauthorized Immigrants
as presented to
the Board of Directors of the XYZ Food Processing Company
Whether the United States continues its tacit policy of regulated but relatively un-enforced immigration raises ethical questions that include, but are not limited to: • the propriety of preventing hardworking people, who are looking for opportunity, from entrance into this country and the possibility of a better life,
• the financial burden on citizens who must pay more taxes to support immigrants,
• stress on government and social services caused by immigrant issues such as health care, police services and social welfare.
This briefing paper addresses these issues, and others, as well as the ethical considerations of hiring workers that may be unauthorized immigrants to the United States. Some of the questions in this regard include: • are jobs being taken away from actual citizens?
• what moral obligations does the XYZ Company have to it customers, community and country beyond legal obligations?
• does the hiring of unauthorized immigrants cause harm?
DATA POINTS, FACTS & RESEARCH
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) estimates that, as of the beginning of 2009, there were approximately 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the country with approximately 62% of that number from Mexico alone. 61 percent were ages 25 to 44 years, and 58 percent were male. In 2009 males accounted for 62 percent of the unauthorized population in the 18 to 34 age group while females accounted for 52 percent of the 45 and older age groups. See Table I “Age and Gender of Unauthorized Immigrant Population: January 2009”. California, in 2009, had the greatest population of unauthorized immigrants with 10,750,000. An increase from the