Adam Hunter directs Pew's immigration and the States 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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This brief examines current population trends among the foreign- and native-born at the county level, and highlights the role that immigrants play in contributing to population growth and slowing population loss. Read More
The federal government and the states play critical roles in providing public benefits to immigrants. In some cases, those who meet all eligibility requirements can receive assistance through federal public benefits programs. States also manage an array of programs that may be available to certain immigrants. Read More
On the second anniversary of the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, this event brings together experts to discuss the role of states and localities in implementing DACA, its impact in key metropolitan areas, and how the public views DACA and immigration in America. Read More