American Immigration Council

Rating: 4.83 stars   95 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Human Services, Immigration

Location: 1331 G Street, NW Suite 200 Washington DC 20005 USA

Mission: The American Immigration Council (formerly the American Immigration Law Foundation) was established in 1987 as an IRS designated 501(c)(3), tax-exempt, not-for-profit educational, charitable organization. Our mission is to strengthen America by honoring our immigrant history and shaping how Americans think about and act towards immigration now and in the future. The American Immigration Council exists to promote the prosperity and cultural richness of our diverse nation by: Educating citizens about the enduring contributions of America's immigrants; Standing up for sensible and humane immigration policies that reflect American values; Insisting that our immigration laws be enacted and implemented in a way that honors fundamental constitutional and human rights; Working tirelessly to achieve justice and fairness for immigrants under the law. The American Immigration Council believes that the dignity of the individual knows no boundary. Our nation's moral and ethical values must be reflected in the way we welcome immigrants.
Target demographics: Immigrants, newcomers, refugees
Geographic areas served: Nationwide
Programs: The American Immigration Council has four main program areas, the Legal Action Center, the Community Education Center, the Immigration Policy Center and the International Exchange Center. The Legal Action Center (LAC) of the American Immigration Council advocates for fundamental fairness in U.S. immigration law. To this end, the LAC engages in impact litigation and appears as amicus curiae (friend of the court) before administrative tribunals and federal courts in significant immigration cases on targeted legal issues. We also provide resources to lawyers litigating immigration cases and serve as a point of contact for lawyers conducting or contemplating immigration litigation. The LAC also works with other immigrants’ rights organizations and immigration attorneys across the United States to promote the just and fair administration of our immigration laws. The Community Education Center (CEC) strives to promote a better understanding of immigrants and immigration by providing educational resources that inspire thoughtful dialogue, creative teaching and critical thinking. Dedicated to the American values of fairness, social justice and respect for all people, the Center is committed to making immigration an “everybody issue.” The Center also highlights the positive contributions immigrants have made and continue to make to American society through its programmatic work. The Immigration Policy Center (IPC) is the research and policy arm of the American Immigration Council. IPC's mission is to shape a rational conversation on immigration and immigrant integration. Through its research and analysis, IPC provides policymakers, the media, and the general public with accurate information about the role of immigrants and immigration policy in U.S. society. IPC reports and materials are widely disseminated and relied upon by press and policy makers. IPC staff regularly serves as experts to leaders on Capitol Hill, opinion-makers and the media. IPC, formed in 2003 is a non-partisan organization that neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate for office. The International Exchange Center (IEC) creates educational resources and opportunities that recognize our immigrant heritage. Dedicated to respecting, valuing, and celebrating cultural differences, the International Exchange Center programs create a synergy of the best ideas from many cultures for the benefit of all.
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been tremendously impressed with the American Immigration Council. Their leadership role on U.S. immigration law issues, their policy center, their litigation center and their work with middle school students across America have all helped to raise our understanding of why we need to be proud that America is a nation of immigrants. As an immigrant myself and now an attorney, I have been so impressed with their work that I have pledged $1 Million to support them and their work over the next 20 years. They are reliable, transparents and mission focused. One of the best non-profts ever!

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Rating: 4 stars  

AIC is an incredibly helpful organization for immigration attorneys, and it also honors immigrants and works to improve the public perception of immigrants.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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Quite well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 4 stars  

As an immigration attorney, I love AIC's practice advisories on new or challenging developments in immigration law.

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Likely

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Some

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Okay

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The information that AIC provides is fundamental to groups that are working for change in immigration laws. I send it out to my e-list and use the information when speaking to our congressmen.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

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Quite well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The American Immigration Council's mission of promoting laws, policies, and attitudes that value our country as a country of immigrants is critical in today's debate on immigration reform. I've volunteered in the AIC's 5th grade essay contest and I've been moved by the immigrant stories showcased at the annual AIC galas. Supporting AIC is a great way to feel good about our country.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 2 stars  

It's the really useful for me it works like the fundamental basic step

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Keep the responding act positive find batter solution and the most important thing work together

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a former trustee of the Council from 2000-2006, I've seen it grow over the years to become one of the most respected policy think tanks on immigration, as well as a valuable resource for educators and litigators. The Council continues to contribute to the public debate on immigration through its research and policy advocacy.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being able to talk knowledgeably about federal immigration policy in graduate school urban policy classes and wider audiences.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

focus more on a communications strategy, which the Council has begun to do.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes, the experience has made me a more effective advocate for immigration reform. I changed my career path from working in the private sector to the nonprofit world.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Engaged in a cause that I feel passionate about.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The American Immigration Council is a favorite of mine. I came to the USA on a scholarship as a foreign student. On graduation, I was not able to return to Hong Kong. Horrendous riots raged there, and a Swiss consul was killed sadly. So, when the immigration laws changed, I was able to immigrate. I was a social worker and a college teacher. Now I have been a lawyer specialising in immigration law for the last 38 years. I cannot imagine practising law without the AIC. I get the latest practice advisory from its Legal Action Center. Clients use the J visa program it runs. Its Immigration Policy Center has the latest positions supported by the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Its educational efforts reach deep into our schools, starting in 5th grade, with essays and poems that amaze me. I am so grateful the AIC is teaching our youngsters to repel bigotry. No more Chinese Exclusion Acts for our country!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My practice benefits from all four parts of the AIC.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it more relevant to us West Coasters.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Move it westwards towards California.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

New contacts, skills, horizons.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Happy!

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