About the American Immigration Council

About the American Immigration Council

Honoring our Immigrant Past, Shaping our Immigrant Future

The American Immigration Council works to strengthen America by shaping how America thinks about and acts towards immigrants and immigration and by working toward a more fair and just immigration system that opens its doors to those in need of protection and unleashes the energy and skills that immigrants bring.

Our Vision  

The Council believes that immigrants are part of our national fabric, bringing energy and skills that benefit all Americans.  

We envision an America that values fairness and justice for immigrants and advances a prosperous future for all.  

Why We Do It 

We have a proud history as a nation of immigrants, and yet the United States has struggled to embrace the “other”—immigrants being no exception. As a result, our immigration system and the way we treat immigrants does not live up to our diverse American ideals, values, and needs. Not only have we failed to afford basic due process rights to immigrants, but in countless ways, our outdated immigration laws and policies do not respect the family unit, discourage innovation and economic prosperity, turn away those in need of protection, and ultimately, do not fully benefit the United States.  

What We Do 

The Council brings together problem solvers and employs four coordinated approaches to advance change—litigation, research, legislative and administrative advocacy, and communications. With this synergy, the Council works to advance positive public attitudes and create a more welcoming America—one that provides a fair process for immigrants and adopts immigration laws and policies that take into account the needs of the U.S. economy.  

How We Do It 

  • We operate a non-traditional pro bono model of legal services that directly represents immigrant mothers and children detained at the 2,400-bed South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas. The Dilley Pro Bono Project, a local partner in the Immigration Justice Campaign, recruits and organizes groups of volunteers to assist the pro bono legal team at the immigration detention center. The vast majority of families detained here are fleeing extreme violence in Central America and elsewhere and are seeking asylum in the United States.
  • We use the courts to demand a fair process for immigrants.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 communications strategies to change hearts and minds on the issue of immigration. We employ audience-centered communication strategies and community engagement to change the way people think about and act toward immigrants and immigration.  Our work is informed by multiple disciplines and grounded in the values of inclusion. 
  • 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.  

Our Commitment to Diversity  

The Council believes that diversity is a strength. The Council is committed to being a safe, respectful, and inclusive space, where a broad range of viewpoints and experiences are encouraged and every member of its staff and board is given the opportunity to thrive.  

Consistent with this commitment, the Council works proactively to promote diversity and equity at all levels of our organization—including board membership, staff leadership, staff at large, and interns—as well as in our external engagements. This commitment is reflected in the Council’s overall operational decisions (including, but not limited to, recruitment and hiring policies) and in concrete, intentional policies and practices aimed at fostering a culture of mutual respect and inclusion.  

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