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.

Anti-Immigrant Group Thinks the Border Can Be Sealed

Written by on July 20, 2015 in Enforcement, Myths, Nativists, Restrictionists with 0 Comments
Anti-Immigrant Group Thinks the Border Can Be Sealed

If there is one thing that the past few decades of immigration enforcement has made clear, it’s that unauthorized immigration responds much more to the U.S. job market and the natural desire for family reunification than it does to border fences or the ubiquitous presence of armed immigration agents. Since the last major overhaul of […]

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Immigrants are Less Likely to be Criminals than the Native-Born

Written by on July 8, 2015 in Crime with 2 Comments
Immigrants are Less Likely to be Criminals than the Native-Born

When it comes to understanding the relationship between immigration and crime, anecdotes are no substitute for evidence. And, as a new report from the American Immigration Council explains, the evidence has been clear for more than a century: high rates of immigration are associated with lower crime rates, and immigrants are less likely to commit […]

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Even More Evidence that Immigration Reform Saves Money

Written by on May 22, 2015 in Economics, Reform with 0 Comments
Even More Evidence that Immigration Reform Saves Money

Among serious researchers, it is largely a settled matter that comprehensive immigration reform benefits the U.S. economy at all levels, from deficit reduction and added tax revenue to job creation and higher wages. That was the conclusion of the Congressional Budget Office, for instance, with regard to the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of […]

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Why More Immigration Judges Are Needed

Written by on May 11, 2015 in Backlogs, Courts with 1 Comment
Why More Immigration Judges Are Needed

If there is any aspect of immigration reform over which there should be no partisan disagreement, it is the dire need to increase the number of immigration judges. As most Republicans and Democrats can probably agree, immigration judges are essential for the functioning of immigration enforcement (removing people who shouldn’t be here) and for the […]

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How Much Do Undocumented Immigrants Pay in State and Local Taxes?

Written by on April 21, 2015 in Economics, Undocumented Immigration with 6 Comments
How Much Do Undocumented Immigrants Pay in State and Local Taxes?

Undocumented immigrants contribute to the U.S. economy in many ways. They fill essential jobs, they sustain U.S. businesses through their purchase of goods and services, and they pay taxes to federal, state, and local governments. Their contributions would be even greater if they had a chance to earn legal status and didn’t have the danger […]

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Four Myths That Sen. Sessions Believes About Immigration to the United States

Written by on April 14, 2015 in Nativists, Republicans, Rhetoric with 3 Comments
Four Myths That Sen. Sessions Believes About Immigration to the United States

Nativist ideology is filled with falsehoods, half-truths, and distortions. From the impact of immigrants on the economy to the pace of their integration into U.S. society, the nativist creed more often than not gets it wrong. For example, consider the current chairman of the Senate’s immigration subcommittee, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL). In an opinion piece […]

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Adding Up the Economic Benefits of the President’s Deferred Action Initiatives

Adding Up the Economic Benefits of the President’s Deferred Action Initiatives

As the Center for American Progress (CAP) points out in a new analysis, immigrants with legal status earn more than immigrants who don’t have legal status. Immigrants who earn more also buy more goods and services from U.S. businesses (not to mention paying more in taxes). And all of this extra spending creates new jobs […]

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Senate Hearing on Border Security Targets Transnational Crime

Written by on March 24, 2015 in Border, Congress, Hearings with 0 Comments
Senate Hearing on Border Security Targets Transnational Crime

At a hearing of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs, which was titled “Securing the Border: Assessing the Impact of Transnational Crime,” lawmakers from both sides of the aisle were largely in agreement as to what the biggest security problem is along the northern and southern borders of the United States: the […]

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Mass Deportation Would be a Costly Blunder

Written by on March 20, 2015 in Deportation with 7 Comments
Mass Deportation Would be a Costly Blunder

Deporting the roughly 11 million undocumented men, women, and children who now live in the United States—three-fifths of whom have been here for more than a decade—would be a horrendously cruel and inhumane act. The destruction of lives, families, and communities would be immense, with the worst trauma inflicted upon those children who have never known […]

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How Immigrant Women Contribute to the U.S. Economy

Written by on March 9, 2015 in Demographics, Economics with 1 Comment
How Immigrant Women Contribute to the U.S. Economy

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, it is worthwhile to keep in mind the depth and breadth of the contributions that immigrant women workers make to the U.S. economy. More and more, immigrant women are coming to the United States not as the dependent relatives of immigrant men, but as workers. According to the […]

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