Last updated on: 1/3/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Walter A. Ewing, PhD Biography

Title:
Research Associate at the Immigration Policy Center of the American Immigration Law Foundation (AILF)
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“[A] ‘temporary-only’ approach to immigration reform suffers from serious shortcomings, most obviously in the case of undocumented immigrants already in the United States. Roughly 35 percent of undocumented immigrants have lived here for 10 years or more, 1.6 million are children, and another 3.1 million U.S.-citizen children have at least one undocumented parent. As a result, attempting to fit all of the currently undocumented population into a temporary worker program that lacks a pathway to permanent residence raises the specter of serious social and economic upheaval in the communities where undocumented immigrants live and the businesses where they work. Moreover, a rigid, temporary-only approach to immigration reform fails to adequately address the many factors which continue to drive undocumented immigration.”

“More than a Temporary Fix: The Role of Permanent Immigration in Comprehensive Reform,” Immigration Policy in Focus, Jan. 2006

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
Individuals with advanced degrees in fields relevant to immigration. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to immigration.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Research Associate at the Immigration Policy Center of the American Immigration Law Foundation, 1998-present
Education:
  • PhD, Anthropology, City University of New York, 1997
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Does Illegal Immigration Relate to Higher Crime Incidence?
  2. Does Illegal Immigration Relate to Higher Crime Incidence?