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Causes: Civil Rights, Ethnic & Immigrant Centers, Human Services, Immigration

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

Best organization in the U.S. for accurate information and data on specific immigration policy proposals and impact litigation.

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Rating: 5

The American Immigration Council is the only immigration-focused organization in the U.S. dedicated to getting out the basic facts behind the policies to decision makers and the public, not just advocating its own positions. Not only that, but they also protect the public through litigation and honor America through foreign exchange programs.



Rating: 5

I am an immigration attorney and I am on the Advisory Board of the Legal Action Center of the AIC. As an attorney, the AIC has had a positive impact in my legal practice and the immigration community. The AIC publishes Practice Advisories about important topics relating to immigration law. Not only do I find these advisories helpful, but I have spoken to many immigration lawyers that rely upon them. I believe that the AIC Practice Advisories improve the quality of the practice of immigration law by many lawyers. The importance of this should not be underestimated because the quality of legal representation that non-citizens receive in immigration proceedings is constantly coming under question by the Federal Courts. The AIC also does amicus curiae briefs to the federal courts. I have had the AIC provide amicus curiae briefs in two of my cases. One of the questions below asks about the impact AIC has had. Because of their amicus briefs, this organization has had a life changing impact on countless non-citizens. Off the top of my head, AIC has been instrumental in arriving aliens being able to seek adjustment of status and aliens who have been deported being able to file motions to reopen. Considering all of the wonderful things that this organization does, it is truly an honor for me to be on their Advisory Board.