The Ethics of Doing Business with Illegal Immigrants

34 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2021 Last revised: 24 Mar 2022

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Benjamin Powell

Texas Tech University - Free Market Institute; Texas Tech University - Rawls College of Business

Jason Brennan

Georgetown University - McDonough School of Business

Date Written: September 22, 2021

Abstract

This paper reviews the ethically relevant consequences of immigration as established by economists’ studies. We then evaluate what various philosophical frameworks recommend as an ethical immigration policy. Existing U.S. immigration policy is found to be far from ethical regardless of which philosophical framework is relied upon. We then argue that in the face of unethical immigration policy, that it is ethical for businesses to subvert the law and engage in business with illegal immigrants.

JEL Classification: F22, Z19, A12, A13

Suggested Citation

Powell, Benjamin and Brennan, Jason, The Ethics of Doing Business with Illegal Immigrants (September 22, 2021). Free Market Institute Research Paper No. 3928937, Georgetown McDonough School of Business Research Paper No. 3928937, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3928937 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3928937

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Jason Brennan

Georgetown University - McDonough School of Business

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