Best organization in the U.S. for accurate information and data on specific immigration policy proposals and impact litigation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.