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).

Trump Claims the Wall Will ‘Pay for Itself’ – That Isn’t True

Written by on March 16, 2018 in Border Enforcement, Economics, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Trump Claims the Wall Will ‘Pay for Itself’ – That Isn’t True

Contrary to much overblown rhetoric, President Trump’s preeminent symbol of immigration enforcement—The Wall—is not a cost-effective way to enhance the security of the U.S.-Mexico border. The direct costs of the border wall are likely much higher than the Trump administration’s estimates; and indirect economic and social benefits which a wall might yield are much smaller […]

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Immigration Enforcement Priorities Have Been Abandoned—and That’s Bad News for Everyone

Immigration Enforcement Priorities Have Been Abandoned—and That’s Bad News for Everyone

In order to effectively fight crime, law-enforcement officers must gain the trust of the communities they intend to serve. Trust encourages victims of crime, as well as potential witnesses, to come forward and help solve cases and prosecute criminals. However, according to our latest analysis, the Trump administration has abandoned this approach by not prioritizing […]

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Immigrants Fuel Job Gains, Not Losses in the United States

Written by on March 6, 2018 in Economics, Employment and Wages with 0 Comments
Immigrants Fuel Job Gains, Not Losses in the United States

Immigrants are often used as convenient scapegoats for those feeling the economic pinch of joblessness. However, for at least the last 15 years, immigrants have not been a source of significant job competition for the native-born in the United States. A recent paper on the relationship between immigration and employment confirms this, finding that immigrants […]

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Lawmakers Are Blaming Undocumented Immigrants for the Opioid Epidemic

Lawmakers Are Blaming Undocumented Immigrants for the Opioid Epidemic

The scapegoating of immigrants for crime in the United States was on full display at a February 15 hearing of the House Judiciary Committee. The hearing was devoted to exploring the ways in which “sanctuary” jurisdictions allegedly impede law-enforcement efforts to control the opioid epidemic. That argument is a bit of a stretch, to say […]

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A New Report Shows the Continuing Overcriminalization of Immigrants

Written by on February 9, 2018 in Immigration 101, Immigration and Crime with 0 Comments
A New Report Shows the Continuing Overcriminalization of Immigrants

After more than a century of research and analysis, it has become quite clear that immigrants are far less prone to criminal conduct than the native-born population. And yet researcher John R. Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center has recently claimed to have found evidence that exactly the opposite is true. Lott’s working paper […]

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The Federal Government Is Using Immigration Raids as Retaliation Against California

Written by on February 8, 2018 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement, State and Local with 0 Comments
The Federal Government Is Using Immigration Raids as Retaliation Against California

When agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided 77 businesses throughout northern California at the end of January and beginning of February, they were doing more than looking for undocumented immigrants and the employers who hire them. They were also mounting an attack against so-called “sanctuary cities”—or, in the case of California, a […]

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U.S. Government Skews Terrorism Data to Add Fuel to the Anti-Immigrant Fire

Written by on January 23, 2018 in Immigration 101, Immigration and Crime with 0 Comments
U.S. Government Skews Terrorism Data to Add Fuel to the Anti-Immigrant Fire

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) released a report which comes to a rather predictable conclusion: most of the “international terrorists” in the United States—as opposed to the domestic ones—were born in another country. At one level, this comparison is about as obvious and useful as pointing out that […]

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How Criminalizing Communities of Color Has Driven the Anti-Immigrant Narrative

How Criminalizing Communities of Color Has Driven the Anti-Immigrant Narrative

In recent weeks, the Trump administration has ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, taken away Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans in the United States, and staged raids of 7-Elevens around the country to crack down on undocumented workers and their employers. In short, President Trump is living up to his campaign rhetoric and […]

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Nativists Can’t Back Up Their Claims on Immigration and Crime

Written by on January 3, 2018 in Immigration 101, Immigration and Crime with 0 Comments
Nativists Can’t Back Up Their Claims on Immigration and Crime

Social scientists have concluded that immigrants are far less likely than the native-born to commit serious criminal offenses or end up behind bars. More than one hundred years of research has firmly established this fact. Yet nativists still claim that undocumented immigrants pose a threat to public safety and national security. They do this in […]

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Why The Government’s Wage Data is Inadequate in Determining Fair Wages for U.S. and Foreign Workers

Written by on December 14, 2017 in Business & the Workforce, Employment Based with 0 Comments
Why The Government’s Wage Data is Inadequate in Determining Fair Wages for U.S. and Foreign Workers

U.S. employers looking to hire foreign workers must often meet a number of preconditions. Those employers who want to hire workers through the H-1B temporary visa category (for “specialty occupations” that require at least a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent), or permanently in visa categories that require a test of the U.S. labor market, must […]

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