Walter Ewing

Walter A. Ewing, Ph.D., is an Editor and Writer at the American Immigration Council. Walter has authored numerous reports for the Council, including The Criminalization of Immigration in the United States (co-written in 2015 with Daniel Gonzalez and Rubén Rumbaut), which received considerable press attention. He has also 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, as well as a chapter in Debates on U.S. Immigration, published by SAGE in 2012. Walter holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the City University of New York (CUNY).

How Has Immigration Changed in the Last 100 Years?

How Has Immigration Changed in the Last 100 Years?

Each new generation of immigrants to the United States has, in time, achieved a high degree of integration into U.S. society. Whether it was immigrants from southern and eastern Europe a century ago, or immigrants from Asia and Latin America today, newcomers eventually master English, settle into U.S. communities and workplaces, and contribute to the […]

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30,000 More Seasonal Worker Visas to Become Available After a Bipartisan Push

30,000 More Seasonal Worker Visas to Become Available After a Bipartisan Push

In a welcome immigration-related development, the Trump administration has proposed increasing the annual allotment of H-2B visas for temporary nonagricultural workers. As employers have long argued, the current cap is woefully inadequate to meet the demand for workers in seasonal industries. The H-2B program is designed for seasonal work. Some of the most common occupations […]

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Immigrants’ Taxes Help Save the Social Security System

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Immigrants’ Taxes Help Save the Social Security System

The survival of the nation’s Social Security system depends upon the taxes paid by each new generation of workers. As older workers enter retirement and draw upon Social Security, the continued tax payments of younger workers keep the system solvent and ensure that it will still be there when they, too, reach retirement age. In […]

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USCIS Hits H-1B Cap Within Days, Showing America Needs Foreign Workers

USCIS Hits H-1B Cap Within Days, Showing America Needs Foreign Workers

As another H-1B season comes to an end, one thing is clear: the demand for educated foreign workers is as high as ever. The annual H-1B cap was reached within a mere 5 business days. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting petitions for Fiscal Year 2020 on April 1. On April 12, the […]

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Taking H-4 Spouses out of the US Workforce Would Hurt Women the Most

Taking H-4 Spouses out of the US Workforce Would Hurt Women the Most

The Trump administration is set to issue a proposed rule that would prevent the spouses of certain high-skilled temporary foreign workers from getting jobs while they are in the United States. The rule—which would bar employment for those in H-4 status—would waste economic potential and have a disproportionate impact on women. This new rule derives […]

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The Demand for Highly-Skilled Foreign Workers Is Undeniable

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The Demand for Highly-Skilled Foreign Workers Is Undeniable

There is little doubt that highly skilled natives and immigrants have worked together for years to drive innovation in a broad range of fields and to build America’s private sector. However, despite ample evidence of the complementary nature of the work done by highly skilled foreign-born professionals, the anti-immigration community in the United States is […]

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Number of Undocumented Immigrants in US at a 25-Year Low

Number of Undocumented Immigrants in US at a 25-Year Low

  Contrary to President Trump’s claim that “large-scale unlawful migration” across the southern border constitutes a “national emergency” that requires building a wall, research suggests that undocumented immigration across the U.S.-Mexico border is actually the lowest it’s ever been in the past 25 years. The Center for Migration Studies (CMS) has issued a report with […]

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Workers Detained in Massive Tennessee Immigration Raid Sue ICE

Written by on February 22, 2019 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Workers Detained in Massive Tennessee Immigration Raid Sue ICE

Workers who were detained during the first large-scale workplace immigration raid under the Trump administration filed a class action lawsuit against the government on Thursday. The raid, which took place in April 2018, decimated a meat processing plant in Bean Station, a rural community outside of Knoxville, Tennessee. The raid by U.S. Immigration and Customs […]

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USCIS Processing Times Get Even Slower Under Trump

USCIS Processing Times Get Even Slower Under Trump

The Trump administration has slowed the processing of immigration benefit applications to a crawl, causing needless harm to immigrants, their families, and their employers. Under President Trump, the backlog of applications at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) doubled in the span of only one year. A recent analysis of USCIS data by the American […]

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More People Overstay Their Visas Than Cross the Border Illegally – Our Immigration Laws Need to Address That

More People Overstay Their Visas Than Cross the Border Illegally – Our Immigration Laws Need to Address That

New estimates of the undocumented population in the United States confirm a trend that has been apparent for several years: the number of people who become undocumented each year by overstaying their visa now greatly exceeds the number who entered with no visa at all. This suggests that our immigration laws—and our immigration-enforcement mechanisms in […]

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