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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.

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63 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is on the forefront of immigration policy and litigation. The Council is my go to source for objective, smart facts and statistics on immigration

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great organization that is doing great litigation work in the immigration community. The organization is critical in ensuring immigrant rights.

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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.

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.

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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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.

Denise79

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

AIC is an extraordinary organization that provides cogent, well-researched documents and information cutting through the rhetoric of the immigration debate. The AIC also administers an extremely professional exchange visitor program that is committed to legal compliance.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Nancy113

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization provides professional and intellectual leadership in regard to immigration issues. It is outstanding in its field/

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The American Immigration Council (formerly the American Immigration Law Foundation) has supported immigrants rights since its founding more than 20 years ago. AIC has been instrumental in funding and litigating some of the most important, precedent-setting immigration cases throughout the country. The Council's role in front of Congress, State Legislatures and immigrant rights interest groups, and others, at a time when extremely powerful and vocal elements within our society have done everything possible to undermine the value and importance of immigration to our country, is nothing short of remarkable.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

AIC has built a very credible reputation in the immigration world.
Its performs an incredible service in honoring the enduring contributions of America's immigrants, protecting fundamental constitutional and human rights and promoting sensible and humane immigration policies that reflect American values. I rely on their materials in legal reseacrh as well as in preparing presentations.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

AIC does it all. From advocay to litigation on important legal issues, AIC is the best of the best. Immigration Lawyers can't do it all by themselves and AIC makes research and other valuable resources available at any time for attorneys. The practice advisories are unmatched. I consult AIC resources and knowledgeable staff members on a regular basis.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Whenever I have a question, the FIRST place I look is to the AIC in hopes that there will be an AIC Practice Advisory on my question. AIC Practice Advisories are invaluable.