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 Family-Based Immigrants Succeed in the US Economy

How Family-Based Immigrants Succeed in the US Economy

Migration based on family ties has long been the foundation of the U.S. immigration system. Yet lawmakers are proposing drastic cuts to family-based immigration in favor of immigrants who come to the United States based on their skill sets, arguing that these immigrants add more value to the U.S. economy. However, this distinction between skill-based […]

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Trump’s Zero-Tolerance Immigration Policy Treats Parents like Criminals

Written by on June 6, 2018 in Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Trump’s Zero-Tolerance Immigration Policy Treats Parents like Criminals

Since the implementation of a “zero-tolerance” policy in April 2018 toward illegal entry (as well as attempted illegal entry) into the United States, criminal prosecutions of unauthorized border-crossers under the Trump administration have started to rise. Criminal prosecutions of migrants apprehended by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) along the southwest border with Mexico jumped a […]

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Trump’s Nominee for Refugee Bureau Has an Anti-Immigrant History

Trump’s Nominee for Refugee Bureau Has an Anti-Immigrant History

When it comes to U.S. refugee policy, the Trump administration is asking Congress to let the fox guard the hen house. The administration has nominated Ronald Mortensen to be assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), housed within the U.S. State Department. Mortensen is a retired foreign service officer, […]

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Government Playing Fast and Loose With ‘Gang Member’ Label

Government Playing Fast and Loose With ‘Gang Member’ Label

There is no doubt that criminal gangs operating in the United States adversely impact the lives of many people living in communities throughout the country. However, in a nefarious act, President Trump is attempting to cast young people fleeing Central America as gang members—which is simply untrue. As the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) points […]

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Immigrants Create Jobs for American Workers, Boosting the U.S. Employment Rate

Immigrants Create Jobs for American Workers, Boosting the U.S. Employment Rate

When immigrants bring their skills to the U.S. labor market, everyone—immigrants and native-born workers alike—benefit from their company. Research has repeatedly shown that native-born workers are advantaged by the presence of immigrant workers in the labor market. A new report from the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) adds to this growing body of research. […]

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Local Limits on Immigration Enforcement Successfully Slow Deportation Machine

Local Limits on Immigration Enforcement Successfully Slow Deportation Machine

Immigration policies may be crafted on a national scale, under the purview of the federal government, but it is at the local level that immigrants live their lives. And it is at the local level that heavy handed immigration enforcement disrupts the lives of immigrants, as well as the lives of the native-born Americans with […]

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Immigrants Are Founding a Quarter of New Businesses in the United States

Immigrants Are Founding a Quarter of New Businesses in the United States

National Small Business Week, which runs from April 29 to May 5, highlights the hard work of the United States’ business owners, entrepreneurs, and innovators. America’s small businesses—nearly 30 million in total—employ almost half of all U.S. workers. In order to fully celebrate the contributions of businesses both large and small, we must also recognize […]

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The Trump Administration Is Placing More Long-Residing Immigrants Into Court Proceedings

The Trump Administration Is Placing More Long-Residing Immigrants Into Court Proceedings

For years, immigration enforcement officials prioritized recent border-crossers over long-time residents with U.S.-born children, clean criminal records, or other evidence of roots in the United States. This was done by exercising “prosecutorial discretion” in deciding against whom to initiate deportation proceedings. The basic idea was that scarce law-enforcement resources shouldn’t be wasted tracking down people […]

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High Profile Cases Highlight Border Patrol Abuses and Need for Systemic Change

Written by on April 17, 2018 in Abuses, Border Enforcement, Enforcement, Uncategorized with 0 Comments
High Profile Cases Highlight Border Patrol Abuses and Need for Systemic Change

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—the Border Patrol in particular—has a reputation for repeatedly and systematically violating the rights of immigrants and U.S. citizens alike. Border Patrol agents are known for regularly using excessive force during apprehensions, detaining people under inhumane conditions, and resorting to coercion and misinformation in order to remove people from the […]

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement Regularly Detains Children for Months at a Time

Written by on March 20, 2018 in Detention, Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Immigration and Customs Enforcement Regularly Detains Children for Months at a Time

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is notoriously tight-lipped when it comes to their internal operations. The agency rarely discloses basic details about where their immigration detention centers are located, how many people are detained, or what the cost is to keep these facilities operational. As one of the Department of Homeland Security’s immigration enforcement arms, […]

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