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Justice, Migration, and Mercy$
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Michael Blake

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190879556

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190879556.001.0001

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Reciprocity, the Undocumented, and Jeb Bush

Reciprocity, the Undocumented, and Jeb Bush

(p.165) 8 Reciprocity, the Undocumented, and Jeb Bush
Justice, Migration, and Mercy

Michael Blake

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the morality of an individual person choosing to break the law excluding him. It asks, first, how we might understand the nature of the obligation facing such a person. It defends a particular vision of obligation, on which laws precluding the entry of outsiders do have some presumptive moral force for those outsiders. Nevertheless, the chapter argues, the link between the obligation to obey, and the right to morally condemn the individual who fails in this obligation, cannot always be made out. The chapter therefore defends the thought that Jeb Bush was not inconsistent in demanding both security at the border and compassion for those who evaded that security.

Keywords:   mercy, obligation, punishment, character, undocumented, demonization

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