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.

Immigrants With No Criminal Record Are Now Being Arrested At Twice the Rate

Written by on April 20, 2017 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Immigrants With No Criminal Record Are Now Being Arrested At Twice the Rate

Under the Trump administration, immigration enforcement has become increasingly unfocused. Rather than prioritizing the apprehension and removal of immigrants who have committed serious crimes, enforcement personnel are now scooping up anyone who is deportable for any reason. This lack of prioritization has translated into a surge in immigration-related arrests across the board. The jump in […]

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Immigration Arrests Increase While Weapon and Drug Arrests Decline, Federal Data Shows

Written by on April 12, 2017 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Immigration Arrests Increase While Weapon and Drug Arrests Decline, Federal Data Shows

Attorney General Jeff Sessions decried drug dealers and armed cartels at the U.S.-Mexico border on Tuesday, but rather than announcing a crackdown on those elements, he instead declared war on undocumented immigrants and those who defend them. Sessions announced that he was instructing U.S. Attorneys to prioritize criminal immigration enforcement around the country as opposed […]

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What You Need to Know About ICE’s Arrests at Courthouses

Written by on April 6, 2017 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
What You Need to Know About ICE’s Arrests at Courthouses

According to their own guidance on the subject, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is supposed to practice restraint when it comes to arresting people at “sensitive locations” such as schools, churches, and hospitals—as well as “any organization assisting children, pregnant women, victims of crime or abuse, or individuals with significant mental or physical disabilities.” […]

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It’s Not up for Debate: Immigrants Invigorate the Economy

Written by on March 30, 2017 in Economics, Immigration 101 with 0 Comments
It’s Not up for Debate: Immigrants Invigorate the Economy

As any reputable economist will tell you, immigrants contribute to the U.S. economy in many ways. Yet the often subtle complexities of immigration economics are largely absent from a March 24 opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal authored by Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the anti-immigrant Center for Immigration Studies. To begin with, immigrants […]

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Border Wall May Be an Expensive Solution to a Nonexistent Problem

Written by on March 27, 2017 in Border Enforcement, Demographics, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Border Wall May Be an Expensive Solution to a Nonexistent Problem

If the Trump administration fulfills its promise to build a “big, beautiful wall” along the entire length of the U.S.-Mexico border, it will be a very costly solution to a problem that no longer exists—and may not exist again for a very long time. A report from the Brookings Institution has concluded that changes in […]

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Here’s How Immigrant Women Are Essential to Our Labor Force

Here’s How Immigrant Women Are Essential to Our Labor Force

International Women’s Day is an appropriate time to take stock of the many ways in which immigrant women contribute to the labor force of the United States. Some of these contributions are often overlooked, but all of the work that immigrant women do adds value to the economy—and to U.S. society as well. Immigrant women […]

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Undocumented Immigrants Are Making a Huge Impact as Taxpayers

Written by on March 3, 2017 in Economics, Immigration 101, Tax Contributions with 1 Comment
Undocumented Immigrants Are Making a Huge Impact as Taxpayers

President Trump made many promises on the campaign trail. One of which was to breathe new life into what some see as a stagnant U.S. economy. In fact, there are indications that it was this one promise that motivated a great many of his supporters and may have won him the White House. However, the […]

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Supreme Court Hears Case on Shooting of Sergio Hernandez by U.S. Border Patrol Agent

Written by on February 22, 2017 in Abuses, Enforcement, Federal Courts/Jurisdiction with 1 Comment
Supreme Court Hears Case on Shooting of Sergio Hernandez by U.S. Border Patrol Agent

Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—the federal agency which includes the Border Patrol—are rarely held accountable for their actions. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the case of Sergio Hernandez, a 15-year-old boy shot dead in 2010 in Mexico by a Border Patrol agent who fired on him from the U.S. side […]

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‘Day Without Immigrants’ Highlights How America Relies on the Immigrant Labor Force

Written by on February 16, 2017 in Business & the Workforce, Economics with 0 Comments
‘Day Without Immigrants’ Highlights How America Relies on the Immigrant Labor Force

The various events commemorating the “Day Without Immigrants,” held in cities around the country today to fight President Trump’s anti-immigrant policies, underscore a key reality about the United States: we are a nation dependent on immigrants including the undocumented. The Day Without Immigrants was marked by street protests, immigrant workers staying off the job, and […]

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The Economic Costs of Ending DACA

Written by on February 14, 2017 in DACA/DAPA, Economics with 0 Comments
The Economic Costs of Ending DACA

The President has left the public in suspense as to what he will do with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative, which grants young immigrants a temporary reprieve from deportation, as well as work authorization. The President has made a variety of comments about what he will do, ranging from ending DACA outright […]

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