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.

New Report Evaluates Scale of the Central American Refugee Influx

Written by on September 4, 2015 in Asylum and Refugee, Border, Children with 0 Comments
New Report Evaluates Scale of the Central American Refugee Influx

The Central American refugee influx along the U.S.-Mexico border, which generated so much press attention in 2014, is not going away anytime soon. The conditions which spur Salvadorans, Guatemalans, and Hondurans to flee their countries in large numbers—namely, widespread violence and grinding poverty—have not changed. Nor has the fact that so many unaccompanied children are […]

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Four Reasons Why Report on Immigrant Welfare Use Is Wrong

Written by on September 3, 2015 in Myths, Nativists with 0 Comments
Four Reasons Why Report on Immigrant Welfare Use Is Wrong

Numerous studies have demonstrated and documented the ways in which immigrants contribute to the U.S. economy. As workers, consumers, taxpayers, entrepreneurs, and innovators, the overwhelming majority of immigrants create economic value and sustain new jobs over the course of their lives—just as most native-born Americans do. Confronted by the weight of the evidence in support […]

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Immigration Courts Desperately Need More Judges

Written by on August 27, 2015 in Backlogs, Courts with 0 Comments
Immigration Courts Desperately Need More Judges

Although this year’s presidential primary contests are dominated by the topic of immigration, the focus is on politically charged, hot-button issues like border walls and birthright citizenship. And while the media remains transfixed by the inflammatory rhetoric of some candidates, more mundane yet equally important problems go unaddressed. Case in point: immigration court backlogs. While […]

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New Report Shines Light on the Changing Nature of Unauthorized Immigration

Written by on August 20, 2015 in Demographics, Undocumented Immigration with 0 Comments
New Report Shines Light on the Changing Nature of Unauthorized Immigration

The nature of unauthorized immigration to the United States is changing. Economic and social conditions are changing in both the United States and the countries from which it has traditionally received immigrants. And these changes are reflected in patterns of unauthorized immigration. In a new report, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) quantifies these changes and […]

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Immigrant Children Without Attorneys are Still Being Ordered Deported

Written by on August 13, 2015 in Children, Courts, Deportation with 0 Comments
Immigrant Children Without Attorneys are Still Being Ordered Deported

It would seem to be a simple matter of conscience that no child should ever stand before a judge without having an attorney as an advocate. Younger children in particular may not even understand the significance of their day in court or how a judge’s ruling can profoundly impact the rest of their lives. Nowhere […]

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Here’s How Different the Immigration Plans of Martin O’Malley and Jeb Bush Are

Written by on August 6, 2015 in Elections with 1 Comment
Here’s How Different the Immigration Plans of Martin O’Malley and Jeb Bush Are

In recent weeks, former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley (D) and former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R) have unveiled their approaches to immigration. Although both presidential candidates tackle this politically thorny issue, they do so in fundamentally different ways. The titles of their immigration plans say it all. O’Malley’s is called “Welcoming New Americans to Rebuild […]

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The Fortunes of H-1B Workers and Their Native-Born Colleagues Rise and Fall Together

Written by on August 3, 2015 in Visas with 0 Comments
The Fortunes of H-1B Workers and Their Native-Born Colleagues Rise and Fall Together

There is no denying that the granting of H-1B visas for highly skilled professionals from abroad is a politically charged topic. However, the recurring controversies over H-1Bs should not obscure a well-documented fact about H-1B workers: on average, they tend to create jobs and give a wage boost to native-born workers. This is because H-1Bs […]

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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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