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.

Will a Questionnaire Catch a Terrorist? Donald Trump’s “Extreme Vetting” Plan

Written by on August 23, 2016 in Elections with 0 Comments
Will a Questionnaire Catch a Terrorist? Donald Trump’s “Extreme Vetting” Plan

One of Donald Trump’s more recent, outrageous ideas having to do with immigration is to conduct what he calls “extreme vetting” of prospective immigrants to the United States. The basic idea is to weed out those would-be immigrants “who support bigotry and hatred,” and the main target of this turbo-charged vetting is anyone who happens […]

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Why the Department of Homeland Security Should Also End Private Prison Contracts

Written by on August 19, 2016 in Asylum, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Why the Department of Homeland Security Should Also End Private Prison Contracts

For two years, women and children from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala have been fleeing to the United States to escape the extreme violence of gangs which control large swaths of territory within their home countries. And for two years the Obama Administration has responded to this humanitarian crisis by locking up the women and […]

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Donald Trump’s Shortsighted Immigration Plans Won’t Secure the Homeland

Written by on August 16, 2016 in Border Enforcement, Elections, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Donald Trump’s Shortsighted Immigration Plans Won’t Secure the Homeland

As any serious national security expert will tell you, trying to find a potential terrorist by treating all immigrants or Muslims as security risks is far too vague to be effective. Accurate intelligence and effective information-sharing across agencies is the key to national security—not profiling. Yet in a bombastic August 15 speech, Republican presidential nominee […]

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How Immigrants Strengthen the Economies of All 50 States

Written by on August 4, 2016 in Economics, State by State, Tax Contributions with 0 Comments
How Immigrants Strengthen the Economies of All 50 States

The economic and political impact of immigration is often discussed at the national level. This makes sense, especially since immigration is a nationwide issue and a federal responsibility. Yet this national focus often obscures the effects of immigration within particular states. Perhaps the most systematic and comprehensive effort so far to direct public attention to […]

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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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