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

 
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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.

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

Increase staffing for the immigration policy center so that it could do more education on how immigration to the U.S. promotes economic development and innovation.

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AIC's work is truly commendable. The organization not only honors immigrants, it is a valuable resource to immigration attorneys seeking to make positive change in the field of immigration law. AIC's impact is far reaching including community outreach efforts, a critical J-1 program, and extraordinary legal action center.

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Great team, noble cause, effective plan, a voice for immigrants and good immigrant policy and laws!

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American Immigration Council is a great source of public education and accessible research on all immigration issues. When I need information as a practitioner or advocate, I can trust the work of AIC. This is important in promoting justice and appreciation of our nations immigrant heritage and traditions.

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AIC's practice advisories are a great and handy resource for immigration practitioners. AIC watches all immigration related developments in all branches of the government and timely disseminates information in a very impartial and objective manner. AIC's amicus briefs have helped courts understand immigration intricacies and have constantly resulted in some good decisions in interpreting immigration statutes. AIC is staffed with very dedicated professionals and zealous advocates. AIC has been an indispensable resource in my law practice of more than 23 years.

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AIC is the advocacy arm of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and as was stated in AILA's 2012 Federal tax return (Form 990) is "directly controlled" by AILA (a statement was finally compelled to make for the very first time because of continued pressure from the membership). It is headquartered in AILA's building, and it shares some staff with AILA. More importantly, AILA's 12,000 members are forced to contribute to AIC, both through our national dues and our chapter dues, now to the tune of over $600,000 annually. This from an organization which has never polled its members on what positions it should take when speaking in behalf of the membership. AIC's independence is a legal fiction, its advocacy goals are decided by a small clique, and potential donors would be far, far better off donating to other, more worthwhile groups with both less overhead costs and more openly arrived-at goals. While one may agree with AIC's objectives, both AILA and AIC have traditionally been very disingenuous about the funding and operational control of AIC.

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Separate it from AILA and make it stand on its own two feet. Donors think they are giving to a poor, independent organization, but they are not.

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The AIC is an amazing and incredibly effective organization. I support it unconditionally because the AIC has a top notch and brilliant staff that simply get things done.

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I would not change a thing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The American Immigration Council serves the important public service of educating the public and policymakers about the importance of immigration to the United States. In a debate filled with invective, half-truths and noise, the AIC provides factual, thoughtful and useful information. This not only helps professionals who work in the immigration field but also policy makers and others interested in current and future immigration policy.

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

Expand its activities and scope to include businesses, governmental entities and others who are benefitted by the continued arrival of immigrants to the United States.

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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The AIC is an indispensable national source for accurate, persuasive and credible facts and analysis relating to the benefits of immigration to our country.

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2012

 
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