Walter Ewing

Walter Ewing, Ph.D., is Senior Researcher at the American Immigration Council. In addition to authoring numerous reports for the Council, he has published articles in the Journal on Migration and Human Security, Society, the Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy, and the Stanford Law and Policy Review. He also authored a chapter in Debates on U.S. Immigration, published by SAGE in 2012. Mr. Ewing received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School in 1997. Follow him on Twitter @WalterAEwing.

Republican Party Platform Shows Little Understanding of Immigration Policy

Written by on July 19, 2016 in Elections with 1 Comment
Republican Party Platform Shows Little Understanding of Immigration Policy

The immigration component of the 2016 Republican Party Platform is deeply flawed. The document reflects a fundamental lack of understanding not only of how the U.S. immigration system works, but why and under what conditions people migrate. It also ignores the lessons of past presidential election cycles, which have shown how a party can pursue […]

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Donald Trump Poised for Record Loss of Latino Voters

Written by on July 12, 2016 in Elections with 0 Comments
Donald Trump Poised for Record Loss of Latino Voters

There are roughly 27.3 million eligible Latino voters in the United States (up from 19.5 million in 2008). So it should come as no surprise that, for any modern presidential candidate, winning over a sizeable share of the Latino vote is key to winning the election. That’s what George W. Bush did in 2004, when […]

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Immigrant Workers Enhance and Expand the U.S. Economy

Immigrant Workers Enhance and Expand the U.S. Economy

Over the years, more and more economists have come to the conclusion that immigrant workers “complement” the native-born majority of the labor force by bringing different sets of skills and different demographic profiles with them, both of which enhance and expand the economy as a whole. Immigration restrictionists, in defiance of this growing body of […]

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Most Americans Reject Trump’s Nativist Agenda

Written by on June 27, 2016 in Elections, Immigration 101 with 0 Comments
Most Americans Reject Trump’s Nativist Agenda

Republican presidential contender Donald Trump may claim to speak in the name of the “American people,” but the fact is that most Americans continue to reject his nativist rhetoric of fear and hate. This is apparent from the results of a survey conducted by the Brookings Institution and Public Religion Research Institute between April 4 […]

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Why Broadening U.S.-Mexico Cooperation is Good for America

Written by on June 21, 2016 in Economics, Integration with 0 Comments
Why Broadening U.S.-Mexico Cooperation is Good for America

The U.S.-Mexico border is not simply the dividing line between two separate nations. It is a vast expanse of communities that span both sides of the border, integrating the United States and Mexico economically and socially. In other words, it is impossible to capture the reality of El Paso without also including Ciudad Juarez, or […]

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Number of Refugees and Internally Displaced Now at an All-Time High

Written by on June 20, 2016 in Asylum, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Number of Refugees and Internally Displaced Now at an All-Time High

This year, World Refugee Day marks a grim historical milestone: The number of people fleeing their homes to escape war and persecution is now higher than it has ever been since the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) began keeping records in the 1950s. In the 2015 edition of its annual Global Trends report, […]

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These Anti-Immigrant Organizations Are Behind the Effort to Derail Executive Action on Immigration

These Anti-Immigrant Organizations Are Behind the Effort to Derail Executive Action on Immigration

The tentacles of the modern anti-immigrant movement in the United States extend far and wide, but they emanate from a single source: John Tanton—a white nationalist trying his hardest to ensure that racial and ethnic minorities, fed by immigration and relatively high birth rates, don’t one day outnumber non-Latino whites. Tanton’s racist vision of the […]

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The Ever-Changing Demographics of America

Written by on June 9, 2016 in Demographics with 0 Comments
The Ever-Changing Demographics of America

If there’s one constant throughout human history, it’s that everything changes. New scientific discoveries are made and new technologies are invented. New nations are born from the ashes of warfare or revolution. And people move from place to place in search of better lives for themselves and their descendants. In a society like the United […]

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Report on Immigrant Welfare Use is Fundamentally Flawed—Here’s Why

Written by on May 10, 2016 in Immigration 101 with 0 Comments
Report on Immigrant Welfare Use is Fundamentally Flawed—Here’s Why

It’s déjà vu all over again at the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). Having released one flawed report on immigrant “welfare” use late last year, CIS has followed up with another that contains the same flaws. The biggest shortcoming of both reports is that they count the public benefits utilized by U.S.-born children as costs […]

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Trump’s Mass Deportation Plan Would Seriously Damage the U.S. Economy

Written by on May 9, 2016 in Economics, Elections with 1 Comment
Trump’s Mass Deportation Plan Would Seriously Damage the U.S. Economy

Donald Trump’s approach to immigration seems to rest on three pillars: the construction of a big wall across the entire U.S.-Mexico border, the banning of all Muslim immigration to the United States, and the deportation of every man, woman, and child found to be in the country without authorization. This is an immigration plan rooted […]

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