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.

What Is Driving Children to Leave Central America?

Written by on February 20, 2015 in Children with 1 Comment
What Is Driving Children to Leave Central America?

The children who leave behind their homes in Central America and Mexico and undergo the dangerous and sometime fatal journey into the United States are not doing so on a whim. Most are fleeing conditions that are life threatening: violence committed by gangs that act with impunity, violence committed within the home (including physical abuse […]

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How Leveraging Immigrants’ Skills Could Further Boost U.S. Economy

How Leveraging Immigrants’ Skills Could Further Boost U.S. Economy

Now is certainly a good time to think about ways in which to realize the full potential of the immigrant workforce. There are more than 26 million foreign-born workers in the United States, and just over 8 million of them are unauthorized. Two-thirds of all unauthorized immigrants have lived here for at least 15 years. […]

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Why Are Immigration Court Hearings Being Set Into 2019?

Written by on February 3, 2015 in Backlogs, Border, Courts with 0 Comments
Why Are Immigration Court Hearings Being Set Into 2019?

The immigration court system in the United States is being stretched to the breaking point. Immigration courts have long been expected to do more and more work without the additional funding or personnel needed to do the job effectively. But now, the courts are struggling to handle newer cases involving Central American children and families […]

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Six Reasons Why Sen. Jeff Sessions’ New ‘Immigration Handbook’ is a Work of Fiction

Written by on January 29, 2015 in Congress, Myths, Republicans with 10 Comments
Six Reasons Why Sen. Jeff Sessions’ New ‘Immigration Handbook’ is a Work of Fiction

The newly installed chairman of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee, Jeff Sessions (R-AL), wasted no time in advertising his antipathy towards immigrants. Shortly after assuming his post, Sessions released an “Immigration Handbook for the New Republican Majority” that, in only 23 pages, managed to distill just about every fact-free sound bite ever conceived by the nativist […]

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Can the Border Patrol Change Its Ways?

Written by on January 5, 2015 in Customs and Border Protection with 3 Comments
Can the Border Patrol Change Its Ways?

In the year just ended, the U.S. Border Patrol and its parent agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), found themselves subject to an unprecedented level of public scrutiny. Crimes committed by Border Patrol agents—ranging from accepting bribes to shooting people in the back—no longer remained shrouded in secrecy. Rather, journalists, advocates, and investigators began […]

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Washington Times Serves Up Some Anti-Immigrant Tea-Party Populism

Written by on December 16, 2014 in Executive Action, Nativists, Restrictionists with 1 Comment
Washington Times Serves Up Some Anti-Immigrant Tea-Party Populism

Since 2010, the boundaries have been blurring among nativist organizations, Tea Party factions, and so-called “Patriot” groups as both their memberships and leaderships commingle.  And so self-described nativists are now likely to spew forth rhetoric that is heavily imbued with the kind of shrill anti-government propaganda one might find on display at a Tea Party […]

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President’s Plan for Border Security Could Make a Bad Situation Worse

President’s Plan for Border Security Could Make a Bad Situation Worse

The debate surrounding the Immigration Accountability Executive Actions that President Obama announced last month mostly has centered on the millions of unauthorized immigrants already living in the United States who are likely to receive a three-year reprieve from deportation. But there is another aspect of the president’s announcement that has received relatively little attention despite […]

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Homeland Security Secretary Makes the Case for Immigration Actions in House Hearing

Written by on December 2, 2014 in Executive Action, Hearings with 2 Comments
Homeland Security Secretary Makes the Case for Immigration Actions in House Hearing

There are two competing and politically charged narratives about President Obama’s executive actions on immigration and what they mean for U.S. security and the U.S. economy. One of these narratives maintains that the President’s decision to defer deportations of many unauthorized parents of U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents will enhance national security by bringing […]

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Power of New American, Latino, and Asian Voters Continues to Grow

Written by on October 23, 2014 in Demographics, Elections with 1 Comment
Power of New American, Latino, and Asian Voters Continues to Grow

The U.S. electorate is undergoing a seismic shift that is playing itself out over the course of decades. As the American Immigration Council describes in a new report, “New Americans”—immigrants who are naturalized U.S. citizens, as well as the native-born children of immigrants—comprise a growing share of voters in the United States. The same is […]

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Anti-Immigrant Group Runs Ad in States with Key Senate Races

Written by on October 16, 2014 in Elections, Restrictionists, Rhetoric with 0 Comments
Anti-Immigrant Group Runs Ad in States with Key Senate Races

Many opponents of immigration reform view the U.S. job market as a playing field upon which two teams compete: the native-born and immigrants. From this perspective, every job gained by one side amounts to a job lost by the other. And so every immigrant worker who enters the U.S. labor force is stealing a job […]

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