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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The Council responded immediately to the dire situation of detained asylum seekers being held in Artesia by ICE with extremely limited rights, and no access to outside assistance (legal or otherwise). AIC quickly included this emergency issue at the top of their litigation meeting agenda in July of this year and then sheparded the development of a litigation strategy among the attendees. This quickly became a strong working group partnership among non-profits with law firm pro bono help. The result is a filed and pending affirmative lawsuit challenging the legality of the Artesia detention facility set up purposefully to deny asylum seekers their rights. The publicity surrounding the lawsuit has focused the country's attention on this violation of due process. But for AIC the lawsuit and the publicity would never have happened. I could not be prouder of AIC's achievement, but there is so much more work to do. AIC is rolling up its sleeves, ready to go!

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AIC does great work to help both immigrants and their advocates to defend immigrants' rights. They also play an important and effective role in researching and presenting very effective and useful evidence and information that promotes the benefits that immigrants bring to our country and reasons to support positive immigration reform generally.
AIC fills a niche in the immigrant rights community by being an expert in due process and systemic reforms needed in the immigration justice system, knowing how to strategically litigate and being able to call upon the experience of a wide variety of immigration attorneys and their clients for real world information, thus becoming an effective advocate for change.
Further, their practice advisories to immigrants and immigration attorneys are easy to use, and extremely helpful by providing important information on complicated topics in an accessible way.

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Bring more resources to enable more litigation.

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I'm so proud of the work that the Council does on behalf of immigrants and the advocacy community in general. I'm blessed and honored to serve on its Board.

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AIC maintains its position as a leader in dissecting and analyzing our very complex immigration laws for a public that includes immigration lawyers, judges, grassroots advocacy groups as well as members of the Congressional and Executive branches of our government at a price tag which says FREE! #Quality #Professional #Superb

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I am honored and proud to serve on the Board of the AIC. It does important work brilliantly. It litigates to insure fairness and due process in the application of the US immigration laws. Its portrayals of the ongoing contribution of immigrants is inspiring. Its voluminous and constant guidance to immigration attorneys and to the public is incomparable.

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I am an immigration attorney in New York City. For years, the AIC, in its mission, has been championing the importance of immigration and its value both in the United State's history and in its future as the country that we want it to be.

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The American Immigration Council has over the past few years maintained a steady and powerful flow of activities to protect immigrants' rights and provide information on the current state and effects of immigration on our society and economy. They do this through research, publications, advocacy, litigation, and education. The Executive Director is a recognized authority on the subject and is frequently called on to be a speaker or commentator. The staff is well qualified and totally committed to the organizations mission.

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Have them do more of what they are doing.

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I am a former Board member and Chair of the Board (retired June 2012). I served the AIC for more than 11 years because it is a dynamic, exciting non-profit which values and maximizes the input of its volunteer board. My ideas, actions, hard work were directly translated into successful developments at the AIC. The Executive Director, Ben Johnson, is a gifted, charismatice and strategic leader. He has a terrifc staff as well. The impact and reach of the AIC on Capital Hill as well as throughout communiteis in the US has grwon exponentially over the past decade. The AIC's work has led directly to improvement in the lives and rights of immigrants, through impact litigation, credible, scholary reports on issues, the exchange visitor program and outreach to teachers and youth on issues impacting immigrants. This is a unique organization doing all the right things to expand its work and impact.

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The AIC fills a vital role in the US immigration community. We immigration lawyers get bogged down in day-to-day casework and rely on the AIC to alert us to urgent issues and provide practical ways for everyone to get involved.

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The American Immigration Council is one of the leading, non-partisan voices in the U.S. speaking out for rational and compassionate immigration reform.

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my capacity as a volunteer and Board Member.

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Organization provides critically important information on various issues related to immigration law and policy.

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The American Immigration Council is well suited to achieve its mission to recognize the important role of immigrants in the development of the American experience and to further both respect for individual immigrants and the contribution immigrants make generally. The Council, and its various components are a strong voice for rational policy, providing thoughtful leadership and scholarship to the public debate on this critical issue. Immigration fosters a great deal of debate but often relies more upon prejudice than fact for analysis. The Council's Immigration Policy Center, and the scholars who provide the research and papers are a strong antidote to this misinformation. Other centers within the Council are well suited to provide high quality services to the American public, including education, exchange visitor sponsorship and legal analysis and advocacy.

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2012

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I'm proud to be on the Board of AIC. Now more than ever, it is a go to organization, widely disseminating critical information that is used by a variety of different organizations and individuals across the United States. In particular, AIC has been so instrumental in broadcasting the benefits of immigration to this country, and showcasing the nuances that are sometimes lost in this era of 30 second soundbites and social media.

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