Posted by: Ann Corcoran | February 16, 2012

American Immigration Council—benign sounding? Not!

Yesterday a friend told me that someone affiliated with the American Immigration Council was e-mailing around Maryland to find young people who might like to enter a contest to produce a multi-media film on immigration.

The Open Borders Left has figured out that they need to get to the “kids” on the issue of immigration and they have concluded that  films are very valuable for producing propaganda.   A case in point is the horribly slanted film “Welcome to Shelbyville” which I followed throughout its production phase to a finished product that completely distorted what happened in Shelbyville, TN when the town became roiled by hundreds of Somalis (Muslims) who arrived there (lured by Tyson Foods) to work in meatpacking.

The town has never been the same.  But, to see the story depicted by the open borders gang, which pitched the Tennessee locals as racists who eventually saw the light, was astounding to behold.  The film backed by a group funded by George Soros and friends was eventually chosen by the US State Department to be shown throughout Africa to encourage Africans to come to work in “welcoming” America.  Believe me the open borders money is not focused entirely on humanitarian zeal and the joys of multiculturalism, as they would have you think, there is big business and cheap compliant labor involved as well.

If you don’t know it, David Horowitz has a great website called ‘Discover the Networks’ and here is what they say about the American Immigration Council (emphasis mine):

Founded in 1987, the American Immigration Council (AIC), formerly known as the American Immigration Law Foundation (AILF), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and a prominent member of the open-borders lobby. AIC advocates expanded rights and amnesty for illegal aliens residing in the U.S. It works in partnership with the Immigration Advocates Network (IAN), whose affiliate members include the Immigrants’ Rights Project of the ACLU, the American Bar Association Commission on Immigration, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, ASISTA, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC),* the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, the National Immigration Law Center, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, Pro Bono Net, and the Advocates for Human Rights. Moreover, IAN is bankrolled by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Four Freedoms Fund, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.


Ever since AIC’s founding, its leadership has been virtually interchangeable with that of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA.) Mas Yonemura, the founder and first president of the AIC (then the AILF), was an AILA member and has been described as “a friend and mentor to many AILA attorneys.” After Yonemura’s lengthy tenure (1987 to 1999) as president ended, Margaret H. McCormick, former President of the AILA from 1997 to 1998, took over the leaershipof AIC. She was later replaced by Steven Ladik, also a former AILA president. In addition to the funding it gets from AILA, AIC has received considerable grant money from the ChevronTexaco Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and George Soros’ Open Society Institute.

AIC is a powerful, multifaceted body in its own right. Indeed, its name change on Oct 29, 2009 was intended to reflect its expansion “beyond the courtroom and into the halls of Congress and the public square.”

Near the end (and please visit the website and follow links), Discover the Networks mentions this:

In 2010, Leopold [an AIC board member—ed] contended that economic prosperity for the U.S. was impossible without amnesty for illegal aliens….

By the way, this is the driving theory for people like Grover Norquist and other open border Republicans—they need cheap laborers for their big business friends—follow the money! 

See Immigration Works USA, here, for Republicans working to increase foreign labor.  And, here, NumbersUSA exposed the strategy meeting organized by Immigration Works USA that included Norquist and other big business lobbyists.

But I digressed…

So, the American Immigration Council and other Open Borders groups are using the kids and Americans’ interest in documentary films (aka propaganda films) as part of their “educational” outreach which is perfectly legal under their 501(c)3 tax exempt status.   If you want to have a look at the AIC’s most recent Form 990 on file with the IRS, it is here.  Maybe you know someone on their long list of trustees.  At least they are not getting taxpayer money.

* CLINIC (Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc) is the pro-amnesty arm of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops which just held a conference a month ago in Utah, here.  Just checked out their most recent Form 990 here and ahhhhh! they got $454,205 from you the taxpayer in 2010.  Their head honcho makes nearly $200,000 in salary and benefits.

If you wonder why I have no sympathy for the USCCB’s outrage against Obama at the moment, CLINIC is one reason why!



  1. I agree with most of what he stated here, but the Catholic Coalition is making alot more money for the resettlement of the refugees. This entire Welcome to Shelbyville isn’t about illegals there is a huge difference.

    I wish more information was transparent about these non-profits because there are just so many of them that the paperwork is so convuluted and incorrect.

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