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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

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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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.

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.

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.

Matthew30

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Donor

Rating: 5

American Immigration Council is a great source of public education and accessible research on all immigration issues. When I need information as a practitioner or advocate, I can trust the work of AIC. This is important in promoting justice and appreciation of our nations immigrant heritage and traditions.

Donor

Rating: 5

AIC's practice advisories are a great and handy resource for immigration practitioners. AIC watches all immigration related developments in all branches of the government and timely disseminates information in a very impartial and objective manner. AIC's amicus briefs have helped courts understand immigration intricacies and have constantly resulted in some good decisions in interpreting immigration statutes. AIC is staffed with very dedicated professionals and zealous advocates. AIC has been an indispensable resource in my law practice of more than 23 years.

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Donor

Rating: 1

AIC is the advocacy arm of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and as was stated in AILA's 2012 Federal tax return (Form 990) is "directly controlled" by AILA (a statement was finally compelled to make for the very first time because of continued pressure from the membership). It is headquartered in AILA's building, and it shares some staff with AILA. More importantly, AILA's 12,000 members are forced to contribute to AIC, both through our national dues and our chapter dues, now to the tune of over $600,000 annually. This from an organization which has never polled its members on what positions it should take when speaking in behalf of the membership. AIC's independence is a legal fiction, its advocacy goals are decided by a small clique, and potential donors would be far, far better off donating to other, more worthwhile groups with both less overhead costs and more openly arrived-at goals. While one may agree with AIC's objectives, both AILA and AIC have traditionally been very disingenuous about the funding and operational control of AIC.

Donor

Rating: 5

The AIC is an amazing and incredibly effective organization. I support it unconditionally because the AIC has a top notch and brilliant staff that simply get things done.