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).

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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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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