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

Mission: The American Immigration Council (“Council”), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a powerful voice in promoting laws, policies, and attitudes that honor our proud history as a nation of immigrants. Through research and policy analysis, litigation and communications, and international exchange, the Council seeks to shape a twenty-first century vision of the American immigrant experience.

Target demographics: Immigration advocates and attorneys.

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: We use the courts to demand a fair judicial process for immigrants and to stand up for their rights. The Council works to achieve justice and fairness for immigrants under the law. The Council is highly respected for its willingness and ability to bring cutting-edge lawsuits that hold the government accountable for unlawful conduct and restrictive interpretations and implementation of the law. We use the facts to educate the public on the important and enduring contributions that immigrants make to America.The Council is a national leader in challenging the myths and misinformation that too often dominate the political and public debate around immigration. Through research and analysis, the Council promotes the development of fair and rational immigration policies that reflect fundamental American values. We use cultural exchange to connect American businesses with the global market of ideas and innovation.The Council sponsors interns and trainees for programs that secure the prosperity and cultural richness of a globally engaged society. Our experts provide direct support and training to participants, host communities, and attorneys involved in the Exchange Visitor Program. In all its work, the Council seeks out and promotes the problem-solvers and creative thinkers who can help us shape a more humane and fair approach to immigration—not only as a matter of law and policy, but also as a tool for continuing to protect and nourish the values of tolerance and dignity on which the United States was founded.

Community Stories

95 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Council does great work--from the Legal Action Center to the Immigration Policy Center. It fights for the rights of immigrants and gets accurate information out the public. I've enjoyed collaborating with them in my own work.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

2

Donor

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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2

Advisor

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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2

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

1 Bernard W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a nation of immigrants all Americans should be proud of the great work done by the AIC. Bravo! We proud of the excellent work you do on behalf of immigrants.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The work of the American Immigration Council is extraordinary and inspiring. I willingly contribute to their foundation every year and am proud to support their work. Their honoring of Immigrants with American Immigration Achievement Awards inspires those of us who work in this field and it recognizes the important contributions that immigrants continue to make to this country. Their advocacy, policy papers, and educational resources on immigration matters is second to none. The legal action center also adds support and provides guidance on key legal issues. Finally, the international exchange center is a model program and serves as an excellent example to promote intercultural exchange. I wholeheartedly applaud the work of the American Immigration Council and am proud to be affiliated with them as an emeritus trustee. --Steve Thal

1 Sam Myers

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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