Adam Hunter directs Pew's project examining the intersection of federal, state, and local immigration laws and policies and their impact on all levels of government.
Hunter is responsible for providing strategic direction, overseeing the development of research products, and managing relationships with external partners.
Before joining Pew, Hunter was the acting chief of staff at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security, which administers immigration benefits and related activities for the U.S. government. In this role, he coordinated agencywide priorities across policy, operations, strategic planning, and communications. In an earlier capacity at USCIS, he managed citizenship and immigrant integration policy research, interagency initiatives, and international engagement. Prior to his government service, Hunter led projects at the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Center for American Progress on issues related to national security and immigration. He also worked in Berlin, managing a nationwide election campaign for a candidate to the European Parliament and later in Brussels, coordinating the new member’s foreign policy, justice, and home affairs priorities. Hunter began his career managing foreign policy grants and institutional relationships at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in German and European studies from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
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A Pew report published in August 2015 analyzed the experiences of 11 jurisdictions—California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Vermont, and Washington, plus the District of Columbia—that issue alternative driver’s licenses to unauthorized immigrants. Deciding Who Drives explored how these jurisdictions designed and implemented their laws and... Read More
During the 2015 legislative session, Delaware and Hawaii passed laws permitting unauthorized immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses, and the governors signed the bills into law on June 30, 2015. The states are expected to begin issuing licenses at the end of 2015 and in early 2016, respectively. Read More
U.S. citizens and lawful immigrants can routinely obtain and renew driver’s licenses, and some states have decided to allow unauthorized immigrants to do so as well. As of the summer of 2015, 10 states—California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Vermont, and Washington—and the District of Columbia issue driver’s licenses to this... Read More