KEY FEATURES: • Realistic cases with engaging fictional stories prepare students for the types of issues and situations they will confront in their social work careers. • A foundational section midway through each case provides critical background information needed to better understand relevant social issues so students are prepared to consider the dilemmas from an informed position. • Discussion questions challenge students to think critically about vital issues, weigh the advantages and disadvantages of competing solutions, explore policy alternatives, and grapple with realities such as the unintended consequences of any decision. • A critical analysis writing assignment accompanying each case requires students to demonstrate an understanding of the issue, take a stand on it, and back up their position with evidence from the case.
Chapter 1: Understanding the Complexities, Costs, and Benefits Surrounding Immigration Policy: Tough Decisions for Families and Policy Makers
Understanding the Complexities, Costs, and Benefits Surrounding Immigration Policy: Tough Decisions for Families and Policy Makers
“ If I get caught sneaking out again, my uncle might make good on his threat to send me to Guatemala,” Santana whispered to Adrianna.
“Well, we’ll just have to be more careful then,” replied Adrianna. “I don’t see how you can handle your uncle’s oppressive rules; you can hardly take a breath without asking for permission.”
Santana just laughed. She figured it was pointless to defend her uncle by telling Adrianna that they should not be sneaking out anyway. Mature beyond her 13 years, Santana was extremely grateful to Uncle Felix for taking her and her younger sister, Izzie, ...