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About the Immigration Policy Center

The Immigration Policy Center (IPC) is the research and policy arm of the American Immigration Council. IPC's mission is to shape a rational conversation on immigration and immigrant integration. Through its research and analysis, IPC provides policymakers, the media, and the general public with accurate information about the role of immigrants and immigration policy in U.S. society. IPC reports and materials are widely disseminated and relied upon by press and policy makers. IPC staff regularly serves as experts to leaders on Capitol Hill, opinion-makers and the media. IPC, formed in 2003 is a non-partisan organization that neither supports nor opposes any political party or candidate for office.

What We Do

Contributing Research

The IPC researches important issues related to immigration (such as the impact of immigration on the economy, jobs and crime). Our work is geared toward providing a solid, fact-based foundation for the immigration debate.

Bridging the Gap

The IPC's work helps to bridge the gap between advocates and academics, policy experts and politicians. Through forums, briefings and special publications, we bring diverse groups together to help shape the immigration debate.

Getting the Facts

All too often, the debate about immigration is dominated by fear and misinformation. IPC works to make sure that fact is separated from fiction. To do this, we monitor and rapidly respond to statements made by anti-immigration groups, providing lawmakers, the media and the general public with accurate, up-to-date information.Read more...

How the President's Deferred Action Initiative Will Help the U.S. Economy

Published on Fri, Jun 29, 2012

IPC head researcher Walter Ewing wrote a blog post for New American Media about the economic benefit of the Obama administration's deferred action program: Read more...

Published in the New American Media

Enter the American Immigration Council's New Multimedia Contest

The Council Invites You to Enter the 2013 “Change in Motion” Multimedia Contest 

The American Immigration Council is pleased to announce a call for submissions to the 2013 “Change in Motion” Multimedia Contest. The competition challenges today’s young adults to explore the role that immigration plays in their lives and communities through video and other multimedia projects. Projects should focus on celebrating America as a nation of immigrants as well as the immigration's impact on our everyday lives.Read more...

Council Announces Winners of the "Change in Motion" Multimedia Contest

Published on Fri, Feb 01, 2013

The American Immigration Council is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural 2012 “Change in Motion” Multimedia Contest. The competition challenges young adults to explore the role that immigration plays in their lives and communities.  The program allows young filmmakers and artists to create projects which focus on celebrating America as a nation of immigrants and explore the impact immigration has on our everyday lives.   The contest is sponsored, in part, by the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

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Carlos Alvarez

Carlos Alvarez is the President and CEO of The Gambrinus Company. Gambrinus is the importer of Moosehead Lager from Canada and Grupo Modelo brewers of Corona beer. Gambrinus owns a number of breweries including BridgePort in Portland, Oregon, Spoetzl in Shiner, Texas, the Trumer Brauerei in Berkeley, California and the Pete’s Wicked brand family.

In 1986 Mr. Alvarez left Mexico, moved to the United States and founded the Gambrinus Company.

In 1989 he acquired the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas when the brewery was in difficult conditions and was in danger of disappearing. Today, its highly successful Shiner portfolio of beers places the brewery as one of the top specialty brewers in the U.S.

In 1995, Alvarez expanded further into craft brewing and acquired BridgePort Brewing Company, Oregon’s oldest craft brewery of Portland. Its flagship, BridgePort India Pale Ale, has been its growth engine, having been awarded top honors at numerous international competitions. Through a unique entrepreneurial partnership with Josef Sigl of Trumer Brauerei in Salzburg Austria, brewers of Trumer Pils, Alvarez started Trumer Brauerei in Berkeley, California in late 2004. Combining the heritage and tradition of Austria with the American passion for craft brewing, Trumer Pils is now expanding its sales in the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

The Gambrinus Company, named for the mythical Flemish king who is renowned for his love of beer, has earned a reputation as a brand builder. Today it is the largest independent beer company in the United States and consistently has been the fastest growing in that category.Read more...

IPC Cited in the Washington Post

Published on Wed, Aug 07, 2013

Vivek Wadhwa, an advocate for reform of America's high-skilled immigration system, cited the IPC in a Washington Post article focusing on DREAMers:

"There are an estimated 1.8 million children in the U.S. who could be classified as “illegal aliens”, according to the Immigration Policy Center. They didn’t knowingly break any laws. Their parents brought them to this country to give them a better future. These “DREAMers” as they are called, grew up as Americans, believing they were entitled to the same rights and freedoms as their friends. But, because they don’t have the proper paperwork, they are forced to live in the shadows of society—as second-class human beings with limits on where they can work and study, and what they can do. Until recently, they would also fear being rounded up in the middle of the night to be deported to a land that they don’t even remember."

Published in the Washington Post

Dr. Alexandra Filindra, Ph.D.

Dr. Alexandra Filindra, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Political Science at William Paterson University and a Research Associate at the Center for the Study of Human Development at Brown University. Her field of interest is American public policy, immigration policy, race and ethnicity. She received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University and spent two years as a post‐doctoral fellow at the Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions at Brown University. Her work has appeared in the Harvard Educational Review, the Urban Affairs Review, International Migration, and other leading journals. Dr. Filindra will join the faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago in September as Assistant Professor of Political Science.

AILF Mourns the Loss of Senator Edward M. Kennedy

Released on Tue, Aug 25, 2009

Today, America and the immigrant-rights community have lost one of their greatest champions. Senator Edward M. Kennedy's life-long commitment to civil rights extended from African Americans to the disabled to the millions of immigrants and refugees who come to our nation in search of a better life.

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Giovanni Peri, Ph.D.

Giovanni Peri, Ph.D. is Professor of Economics at the University of California, Davis and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is also a CESifo Research Fellow, a CReAM External Fellow and member of the editorial board in the Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Population Economics and Regional Science and Urban Economics. Prior to coming to UC Davis, he visited the European University Institute as Jean Monnet Fellow in the year 2000/01 and taught at UCLA Economics Department as Global Fellow in the year 2004/05. He does research and has published extensively on the determinants of international migrations and their impact on labor markets, productivity, and investments. During the Academic year 2010-2011 he is visiting research professor in Bocconi University, Milano. Peri holds a B.A. in Economics and Social Sciences from Bocconi University, and he earned his Ph.D. in Economics at U.C. Berkeley in 1998.

Napolitano Confirmation Hearing Leaves Many Questions Unanswered

Released on Wed, Jan 14, 2009

Gov. Janet Napolitano's performance at today's confirmation hearing to serve as Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary deserves an "A" for "know-how", but an "incomplete" for "how-to" reform DHS and our country's broken immigration system.

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