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.
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.
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
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.
This organization has had great achievements in furthering the interests of immigrants and their contributions to the United States. They have honored famous new "Americans" in their benefits. They provide position papers to members of the intelligentsia of our Universities and Colleges. Attorneys and individuals have access to their brief banks. They have filed amicus briefs and class actions when there is an injustice in the immigration laws. They are not an arm of American Immigration Lawyers association. AILA does contribute money to them because the Council provides pro bono litigation and information for the benefit of all immigrants and those who represent immigrants. They are known as the "go to" people for any immigration information in DC. They have helped many people who would not have access to information that could benefit them.
AIC is a leech of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. They act like they are a separate organization but that is simply a legal fiction. They demand the chapters donate a large percentage of their yearly budgets to AIC, then hit up the AILA membership for more and never acknowledge the contributions those members were already forced to make through their chapters. At the annual conferences they always hold a "golf tournament" whereby members fork over $300.00 to play a round of golf, and give them free recordings of the sessions they missed (from the Annual Conference, recordings that are overpriced and not given free to regular AILA members). It’s all about money to pay their bloated salaries of their top staff. They have been a dismal failure at achieving immigration reform, but hey, if we only gave them more money that would change. Now AIC is in the "free vacation" business for their staffers, with an upcoming trip to Italy! AIC is a failure.
I rely on the information published by the American Immigration Council for my work. Their policy briefs and fact sheets make complicated research understandable, and their own research fills gaps that are always opening up in a fast-changing policy environment. Their blog provides a thoughtful, reality-based perspective on the immigration policy news of the day. Their work is essential to counter the misinformation that is always being disseminated by those who are opposed to making this country more welcoming towards immigrants.
It is an outstanding organization. It is a vital counter-voice to the anti-immigration activists who use fear and stereotypes to diffuse any intelligent discussion of the immigration crisis in this country. We need this organization to continue its work in moving the immigration debate forward if we are ever to create a solution to the critical situation so many immigrants, documented and undocumented, face on a daily basis.
The American Immigration Council is critical to those of us who advocate for immigrants. The research that is done and made available by AIC is invaluable. The staff has expertise in all areas of immigration law and is always willing to share their knowledge. The Exchange Visitor Program provides opportunities for foreign interns and trainees to have a meaningful cultural experience while working in the U.S.