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.

Does Pushing Undocumented Immigrants out of a State Help or Hurt the Local Economy?

Does Pushing Undocumented Immigrants out of a State Help or Hurt the Local Economy?

As a recent Wall Street Journal article describes, Moody’s Analytics has concluded that the mass departures of unauthorized immigrants from Arizona “reduced competition for low-skilled jobs” and “was a boon for some native-born construction and agricultural workers who got jobs or raises.” However they also report it shaved roughly 2 percent per year off of […]

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DHS Can’t Enforce Its Way Out of a Refugee Crisis

DHS Can’t Enforce Its Way Out of a Refugee Crisis

There are two competing narratives being spun about the Obama Administration’s response to the “surge” of refugees from Central America who are arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, and each of these narratives is as fanciful as the other. According to one story, there has been a near-instantaneous deterrent effect as a result of the raids […]

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What’s Behind the Drop in Deportation Numbers?

What’s Behind the Drop in Deportation Numbers?

Since 2014, the number of federal prosecutions for immigration crimes has declined. So has the number of removals (deportations) from the United States. Contrary to some suggestions, however, this does not mean that the federal government is becoming lax in the enforcement of immigration laws. The reality is that the number of unauthorized immigrants entering […]

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Xenophobic Immigration Policy Would Wreck the U.S. Economy

Written by on January 22, 2016 in Economics, Elections, Undocumented Immigration with 0 Comments
Xenophobic Immigration Policy Would Wreck the U.S. Economy

The GOP candidates for President are falling over one another to demonstrate who would be the “toughest” on immigrants and who would finally make U.S. borders “secure.” Leading the way is Donald Trump, who issued shrill declarations during the January 14 GOP debate that “We have no borders” and “Illegal immigration is beyond belief”—all of […]

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Deportation of Central American Refugees Is Inhumane

Written by on January 7, 2016 in Asylum and Refugee, Deportation, Enforcement, Raids with 0 Comments
Deportation of Central American Refugees Is Inhumane

At one level, it should come as no surprise that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has taken into custody and intends to deport 121 unauthorized immigrants who fled violence in Central America and arrived here over the past year and a half. After all, DHS deports people all the time who pose a danger […]

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Corruption Flourishes Within CBP

Written by on December 10, 2015 in Border, Customs and Border Protection with 0 Comments
Corruption Flourishes Within CBP

In 2002, in the wake of 9/11, Congress and the White House embarked upon an unprecedented bureaucratic experiment: grafting together 22 federal agencies into a single entity that was supposed to protect the nation from terrorist attack or any other potential threat. The result was a multi-headed monstrosity known as the Department of Homeland Security […]

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Millions of Immigrants Could Become U.S. Citizens—and Voters

Written by on November 30, 2015 in Demographics, Elections with 0 Comments
Millions of Immigrants Could Become U.S. Citizens—and Voters

Politicians who demonize immigrants do so at their own peril. Immigrants are already a key voting bloc in many states. And they are only going to get stronger as more and more of them become lawful permanent residents (LPRs) and, ultimately, U.S. citizens who are eligible to vote. Needless to say, all of these potential […]

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Foreign Students Add Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs to the U.S. Economy

Written by on November 17, 2015 in Economics, Students with 1 Comment
Foreign Students Add Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs to the U.S. Economy

Most people don’t think of foreign students as an economic resource, yet that is precisely what they are. Each year, students from other countries spend billions of dollars in the U.S. economy, pumping money not only into the colleges and universities they attend, but the surrounding businesses as well. In addition, many foreign students go […]

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Accountability Continues to Elude the Border Patrol

Written by on November 13, 2015 in Border, Customs and Border Protection with 0 Comments
Accountability Continues to Elude the Border Patrol

A startling number of media accounts continue to demonstrate that the Border Patrol is an agency which is unable to control many of its agents and shows little willingness to provide accountability for its actions. Its agents frequently use force—sometimes deadly force—against people who do not represent a serious threat. Their agents are rarely disciplined […]

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UN Report Highlights Worsening Refugee Crisis in the Americas

UN Report Highlights Worsening Refugee Crisis in the Americas

The Northern Triangle of Central America—comprising El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras—is now one of the most dangerous places on the planet. The United Nations estimates that Honduras has the highest homicide rate in the world, while El Salvador comes in fifth and Guatemala sixth. It is for this reason that so many Central American families […]

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