This talk explores the moral issues associated with local sanctuary policies. Three arguments in favor of sanctuary policies are examined—the public safety, civil disobedience, and collective resistance arguments—and the latter is defended. In doing so, several important issues that have received scant attention in the philosophical literature on migration, including migrant detention and deportation, the criminalization of migrant subjects, and the militarization of national borders are addressed.
Shelley Wilcox is professor of philosophy at San Francisco State University. Her areas of research include social and political philosophy, feminist philosophy, and applied ethics, with a special interest in migration, global justice, and urban environmental issues. She has published articles on migration justice in Philosophical Studies, Social Theory and Practice, Journal of Social Philosophy, and Philosophy Compass, as well as in numerous anthologies.
This lecture is free and open to the Public