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.
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.
I am an ardent immigration activist, and I read almost all the weekly immigration digests that American Immigration Council produces. They are the most reliable source of information for me. Activist groups don't tell the whole story, nor do they give a balanced view.
The American Immigration Council is at the forefront of all issues related to immigrants and immigration policy. The agency also maintains us, the every day Joe, informed and active. Kudos to the American Immigration Council for its good work.
American Immigration Council is a strong voice for immigrants and immigration reform. They are LGBT inclusive as evidenced by asking me to write a post for their blog in 2013 on the struggles that same-sex binational families faced before the historic ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States that brought section 3 of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) down. I appreciate their work and have participated in a panel on immigration reform with staffer Wendy Feliz to the umbrella organization UNITY - the association of minority journalists associations - in 2012. I promote them as I can and try to get donors to help them with their work. The stories shared at their gala at the Immigration Lawyers convention in San Francisco in 2013 reinforced my view of AIC. It was nice to be acknowledged with my wife as a same-sex binational couple who had been victorious with the SCOTUS ruling.