Title

Capabilities for Central American Minors

Presenter Information

Sergio Madrid

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 271

Start Date

21-5-2015

End Date

21-5-2015

Keywords

Ethics, Dignity, Immigration

Abstract

Based on Martha Nussbaum's Capabilities Approach, I argue that unaccompanied minors from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras should be granted asylum in the United States. Nussbaum's approach answers a basic question: what is this person able to do and to be? A just society should create freedom and opportunities by securing capabilities for each and every individual to function at a threshold level in every way required for decent human existence. Her approach is focused on protecting areas of freedom, so vital, that their removal would make life unworthy of human dignity. An individual should be provided these fundamental freedoms and opportunities created by a combination of personal abilities, political, social, and economic environments. Thus, because of political corruption, increased violence, and an ongoing failure to meet basic needs in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, Central American children fleeing to the United States should be granted political asylum.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Michael Goerger

Department/Program

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Additional Mentoring Department

Philosophy & Religious Studies

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Capabilities for Central American Minors

SURC 271

Based on Martha Nussbaum's Capabilities Approach, I argue that unaccompanied minors from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras should be granted asylum in the United States. Nussbaum's approach answers a basic question: what is this person able to do and to be? A just society should create freedom and opportunities by securing capabilities for each and every individual to function at a threshold level in every way required for decent human existence. Her approach is focused on protecting areas of freedom, so vital, that their removal would make life unworthy of human dignity. An individual should be provided these fundamental freedoms and opportunities created by a combination of personal abilities, political, social, and economic environments. Thus, because of political corruption, increased violence, and an ongoing failure to meet basic needs in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, Central American children fleeing to the United States should be granted political asylum.