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American Immigration Council

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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

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Judith P.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am an ardent immigration activist, and I read almost all the weekly immigration digests that American Immigration Council produces. They are the most reliable source of information for me. Activist groups don't tell the whole story, nor do they give a balanced view.

Andrea70

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The American Immigration Council is at the forefront of all issues related to immigrants and immigration policy. The agency also maintains us, the every day Joe, informed and active. Kudos to the American Immigration Council for its good work.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

American Immigration Council is a strong voice for immigrants and immigration reform. They are LGBT inclusive as evidenced by asking me to write a post for their blog in 2013 on the struggles that same-sex binational families faced before the historic ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States that brought section 3 of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) down. I appreciate their work and have participated in a panel on immigration reform with staffer Wendy Feliz to the umbrella organization UNITY - the association of minority journalists associations - in 2012. I promote them as I can and try to get donors to help them with their work. The stories shared at their gala at the Immigration Lawyers convention in San Francisco in 2013 reinforced my view of AIC. It was nice to be acknowledged with my wife as a same-sex binational couple who had been victorious with the SCOTUS ruling.