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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In August 2015, The Pew Charitable Trusts produced a first-of-its-kind report examining the experiences of states and localities that issue alternative driver’s licenses to unauthorized immigrants. The analysis explored the choices these jurisdictions made on scope, eligibility standards, issuance procedures, and outreach and education as they designed and implemented their laws. Read More
An estimated 8.8 million U.S. residents who are not citizens are eligible to naturalize, based on the latest available data from 2013, but between 2009 and 2015 only about 700,000 did so each year. Even though the number of eligible people has been rising over the past several years, naturalization rates in the U.S. are low when compared to similar immigrant-receiving countries like Australia and... Read More
Unaccompanied alien children (UAC, or unaccompanied minors) crossing the U.S.-Mexico border reached a peak in 2014 with more than 68,000 children apprehended in that year alone. While the numbers dropped by about half in 2015, this year they are on pace to surpass the figures from last year. Looking at the first five months of fiscal year 2016, apprehensions have increased an average of 89%... Read More