Journal of Social Change


The institutions of higher education in the United States face the dilemma of deciding whether to admit and matriculate students without legal immigration status. This public policy question involves careful interpretation of federal and state law, general public sentiment, the effects on the individual institutions, as well as the plight of undocumented immigrant students and their parents. The purpose of this research was to analyze the ethical dilemma facing colleges and universities concerning whether to allow or deny admission to undocumented immigrant students, utilizing the ethics triangle. This research argued that the benefits of facilitating higher education for undocumented students would result in the betterment of society in the United States and the world as a whole because it is inequitable to discriminate against students based upon their immigration status. Finally, this research contends that it is morally unacceptable to deny any human being access to an education under any circumstances.