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- Overall, we rate the American Immigration Council Left-Center biased based on pro-immigration advocacy, as well use of moderately loaded language that disparages the right. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to strong sourcing of information and a clean fact check record.
Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
Founded in 1987, the American Immigration Council is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and advocacy group. It advocates for immigrants to the United States. According to their about page “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.” The current executive director is Beth Werlin.
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Funded by / Ownership
The American Immigration Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and it’s parent organization is the American Immigration Lawyers Association. The American Immigration Council is funded through donations and fully discloses their finances.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the American Immigration Council is an advocacy group that favors immigration, believing that “immigrants strengthen America by bringing skills, talents, and new energy to our economy.” They utilize a combination of education and the court system to defend immigration. The American Immigration Council’s website also features a blog that utilizes moderately loaded words, especially when directed toward President Trump and his immigration policies: Trump Dumps His Immigration Plan on America. This blog post is very well sourced to credible .gov information. In addition to the blog, they also provide comprehensive fact sheets regarding immigration issues.
The Executive Director Beth Werlin released the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s immigration policy: “The White House Immigration Principles and Policies are no more than the immigration restrictionists’ wish list. They are a nonstarter. There is broad bipartisan support for a permanent solution for Dreamers without poison pills attached to it. We must not squander the potential of this generation of young people who will help write the next great chapter of American history. They need a clear and permanent path forward. The White House principles ignore our American identity of being a nation of immigrants and fail to embrace the energy, innovation and opportunities that immigrants bring to our county.”
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact, but rather are used as a source of information for IFCN fact checkers.
Overall, we rate the American Immigration Council Left-Center biased based on pro-immigration advocacy, as well use of moderately loaded language that disparages the right. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to strong sourcing of information and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 3/12/2019)
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