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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

120 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The AIC is a great organization that provides valuable knowledge about immigration law to the public. They are constantly fighting for justice on behalf of the immigrant community with their staff of experienced researches, attorneys, and advocates.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Whenever clients ask me how they can contribute to the fight against government mistreatment of foreigners in our midst, I tell them to give to the American Immigration Council. AIC is on the forefront of litigation to protect their rights.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The American Immigration Council provides a great service to society through research, information, advocacy and litigation on immigration issues. As a researcher, writer and project developer in these areas regarding Mexico-US migration, I rely much on the AIC activities in my field of work.
Fernando Sepulveda-Amor
Director
Observatorio de la Migración Mexico-Estados Unidos

Susan H.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Indispensable work, great support for immigration attorneys facing complex litigation too

Ron T.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been practicing immigration law for over 40 years and am a State Bar of California Certified Immigration Law Specialist.

Lately, not a week (or even a few day) go by without me checking the AIC website for updates in the quickly changing field of immigration law. The information featured on the site is very current and of great use in both the practice of law and immigration reform advocacy. When ever i do any public speaking AIC is the first place i go for an update on the law and the polictical, sociological, economic and historical impact of recent policy changes, court decisions, Congressional legislation - you name it. I highly recommend AIC to anyone who cares about U.S. immigration law reform and who want to support lawyers who tirelessly practice in this field - the civil rights issue of our day.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The American Immigration Council does amazing work through advocacy and practice advisory on cutting edge immigration issues. I am an immigration attorney practicing in Honolulu, far from the seats of power, and the work of the AIC helps bridge the distance between Hawaii and DC which makes me a better attorney and advocate not just for my clients, but all immigrants in my community. Those I've met who work at the Council are passionate, warm and smart, inspirational and accessible. It's an organization I'm happy to support.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an immigration attorney, I am proud to say I have been able to support many individuals' American Dreams because American Immigration Council has given us tools and information about updated case law and cutting edge litigation strategies. Donating to AIC is the same as donating to the preservation of American values!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Really wonderful nonprofit working to make a difference in the lives of immigrants!

Ari S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The American Immigration Council does great work on behalf of the American immigrant community and the immigration lawyers that represent them. From educating the public on changes in immigration law, to educating the immigration bar on how to best represent their clients, to obtaining hard-t0-get information from the government, even to spearheading lawsuits against the government when necessary, the AIC does so much.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

AIC is one of the leading organizations helping the immigrant community. They are a a leader in the area of immigrant rights.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Since I started working in the field of immigration, I have relied on the research and policy announcements published by AIC. Their work is invaluable, helping to keep professionals in the field of immigration au courant with current trends and events.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Phenomenal non-profit. Dedicated to the interests of foreign nationals. Tireless supporter. Excellent work. Fabulous advocate.

Matthew30

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Well run organization with an important purpose. The AIC leverages every dollar donated to empower an army of dedicated community members to make a real difference in immigration law and policy.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Council is a fantastic organization supported by many dedicated individuals. We have a rich history as a nation of immigrants. The Council is committed to achieving justice for immigrants and promoting laws, policies, and attitudes that honor this history. Because of this, I fully support the Council and its efforts.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Council is an amazing nonprofit organization. Their employees are dedicated and passionate about promoting laws, policies, and attitudes that honor our proud history as a nation of immigrants.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AIC helps the public learn the "real" facts about the impact of our immigration laws and trends in their interpretation and actions by the immigration authorities. AIC helps by providing other attorneys resources to help them assist their clients, and also by reporting to the public about immigration topics. AIC helps eliminate stereotypes that are wrongly based or erroneous.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The American Immigration Council is my go-to organization for current immigration information. They provide great practice advisories and have lots of useful resources. Staff are energetic and knowledgeable.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

American Immigration Council does great work for the community and public.

1 Judith P.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I enjoy seeing informative articles and information disseminated to the community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They have been incredibly helpful with legal resources and with assistance to community members.

1 Anastasia T.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Council is *the* legal expert in the immigration space. Due to its relationship with the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Council has access to the legal expertise and client base of more than 15,000 US immigration lawyers. The depth and breadth of their knowledge on immigration law is unparalleled. Unlike other nonprofits that deal with immigration law, the Council deals equally with removal and undocumented as well as employment based and legal immigration matters. Their American Heritage Awards highlight the contributions of immigrants in the US and their 5th grade writing contest encourages budding writers to engage in the immigration debate. The new executive director, Beth Werlin, is well placed to raise the profile of the Council and shift its revenue sources. She is a genius legal mind and litigator.

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Donor

Rating: 5

American Immigration council is a great organization. They stand up and fight for the marginalized. With the current administration and the agenda they seek to pursue, The council is not backing down and giving a voice for a vunerable demographic.