Timeline of migration-related nongovernmental organizations in the United States

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This page provides a timeline of major organizations not affiliated with the United States government, that deal with migration-related matters for the United States. Non-US organizations whose research and advocacy focus include the United States are also included. Some of them have a more global focus. The list includes:

  • Think tanks for research or advocacy, on any side of the issue (for migration, against migration, for more selective migration, etc.)
  • Research or advocacy centers in existing universities or think tanks
  • Legal resource groups (that provide legal information and services to migrants, potential migrants, and those related to them)
  • Grassroots/community organizing efforts
  • Mailing lists, websites, and other forums where people congregate to discuss these issues

Full timeline

Year Month and date (if available) Event type Organization type Details
1920 Launch Legal advocacy The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a nonprofit focused on civil liberties advocacy, launches.[1] Although the ACLU does not advocate for any particular immigration policy, it engages in civil liberties litigation against many immigration enforcement approaches.
1946 October 14 Launch Professional association The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) launches.[2]
1964 Launch Research think tank The Center for Migration Studies of New York launches.[3]
1979 January 2 Launch Restrictionist think tank The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) launches. John Tanton plays a key founding role.
1979 Launch Pro-immigrant advocacy think tank The National Immigration Law Center (NILC), an organization dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants in the United States, launches.[4]
1980 or 1982 Launch Legal defense and assistance The University of California, Davis Immigration Law Clinic is founded. It is the first clinic of its kind in the United States.[5][6]
1982 Launch Pro-immigrant advocacy think tank The National Immigration Forum launches.[7]
1983 Launch Anti-immigrant advocacy group The American Immigration Control Foundation (AICF), an advocacy group for low immigration levels, launches.[8]
1985 Launch Restrictionist think tank The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), a think tank with the tagline "low-immigration, pro-immigrant", is founded.[9]
1986 Launch Immigrant rights Border Angels is founded. The organization focuses on migrant rights, migrant advocacy, and preventing migrant deaths along the border.[10]
1986 Launch Anti-immigration litigation The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) launches as a litigation arm of the Federation for American Immigration Reform FAIR).[11]
1987 Launch Pro-immigrant advocacy think tank The American Immigration Council (AIC), a nonprofit that does immigration research and promotes pro-immigration and pro-immigrant policies in the United States, launches.[12]
1992 January (incorporation), November 9 (opening) Launch Immigrant language education The Immigrant Learning Center (ILC) is launched by Diane Portnoy and opens its doors in Malden, Massachusetts.[13]
1994 Launch Restrictionist think tank The California Coalition for Immigration Reform (CCIR) launches. The group advocates for immigration reduction. The CCIR would be a co-sponsor of California Proposition 187.
1996 December Launch Restrictionist think tank NumbersUSA is founded by Roy Beck, initially with a launch of the website NumbersUSA.com.[14]
1999 March Launch Academic research center The Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (CCIS), a center that focuses on global migration, including migration to and from North America, Europe, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region, launches at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) under Dr. Wayne A. Cornelius.[15]
1999 Launch Restrictionist website VDARE, a website covering United States politics and culture, and with a focus on advocating for reduced immigration to the United States, is launched.[16]
2000 May 1 Launch Newsletter Immigration Daily, a daily newsletter focusing on immigration law and related issues, has its first issue.[17]
2001 Launch Research think tank The Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a think tank focused on analysis of migration worldwide, is founded in Washington, D.C. by Demetrios G. Papademetriou and Kathleen Newland.[18]
2003 Launch Outreach initiative The Immigrant Learning Center (ILC) launches a Public Education Institute, whose goal is to "educate the public about the positive impact immigrants have on the country, the economy and our communities."[13]
2004 August Launch Border monitoring The Minuteman Project launches. It is a group of private individuals in the United States to extrajudicially monitor the United States – Mexico border's flow of illegal aliens.
2005 Launch Advocacy group and discussion forum Immigration Voice, a group to advocate for immigration policies more friendly to high-skilled immigrants, launches.[19] The website also hosts a wiki and discussion forum to help people understand immigration law.
2006 Launch Academic research center The International Migration Institute is founded at Oxford University.[20]
2008 Launch Legal defense and assistance The International Refugee Asistance Project (IRAP) launches as a project by five students at Yale Law School.[21]
2008 July 18 Launch Pro-immigrant advocacy think tank ImmigrationWorks USA, a nonprofit that represents the interests of businesses who would like to hire foreign workers more freely, is launched.[22] The organization is relatively unique in focusing on less restricted low-skilled migration, as opposed to other organizations that either focus on high-skill migration or on the interests of migrants and temporary workers already present in the United States.
2011 June 22 Launch Immigrant experience discussion Jose Antonio Vargas launches Define American, a nonprofit organization intended to open up dialogue about the criteria people use to determine who is an American.[23]
2012 April 11 Launch Academic research center The Institute for Immigration Research (IIR) is launched at George Mason University (GMU) as a joint venture between GMU and the Immigrant Learning Center.[24]
2013 April 11 Launch Pro-immigrant advocacy group FWD.us, a pro-immigrant advocacy group focused on high-skilled immigration, dealing with the current unauthorized population, border security, and better enforcement, launches. It is headed by Joe Green, and Facebook principal founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is its public face.[25]
2015 July Launch Grassroots movement Cosecha (English website: movimientocosecha.com, Spanish website: lahuelga.com) launches publicly. It is a non-violent movement for the "permanent protection, dignity and respect" of unauthorized aliens in the United States.[26]

See also


  1. "About the ACLU". Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  2. "About AILA". American Immigration Lawyers Association. Archived from the original on 2012-03-06. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  3. "About". March 28, 2017. 
  4. "What We Do". National Immigration Law Center. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  5. Magagnini, Stephen (July 31, 2017). "Meet the law professor who's been on the frontlines of the Trump immigration battles". Sacramento Bee. Retrieved August 10, 2017. 
  6. "State senator recognizes immigrant services efforts from UC Davis law school". Daily Democrat. April 21, 2017. Retrieved August 9, 2017. 
  7. "About". National Immigration Forum. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  8. "About". American Immigration Control Foundation. 
  9. "About the Center for Immigration Studies". Center for Immigration Studies. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  10. "ABOUT US". Border Angels. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  11. "About Us". Immigration Reform Law Institute. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  12. "About the American Immigration Council: Honoring our Immigrant Past, Shaping our Immigrant Future". American Immigration Council. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  13. 13.0 13.1 "History". Immigrant Learning Center. Retrieved May 14, 2017. 
  14. "About Us. Moderates, conservatives & liberals working for immigration numbers that serve America's finest goals". NumbersUSA. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  15. "About CCIS". Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  16. Sanneh, Kalefa (July 24, 2013). "A Sermon on Race from National Review". The New Yorker. Retrieved May 20, 2015. 
  17. "Immigration Daily". May 1, 2000. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  18. "Mission". Migration Policy Institute. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  19. "About Immigration Voice". Immigration Voice. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  20. "History of IMI". Retrieved May 28, 2014. 
  21. "Our History". Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  22. "ImmigrationWorks USA". District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. Government of the District of Columbia. Accessed on April 19, 2016.
  23. "My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant". New York Times. June 22, 2011. Retrieved March 28, 2017. 
  24. Portnoy, Diane. "Institute for Immigration Research Launched at George Mason University" (PDF). Immigrant Learning Center. Retrieved May 14, 2017. 
  25. Zuckerberg, Mark (2013-04-11). "Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg: Immigration and the knowledge economy". Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-04-17. 
  26. "Information". Cosecha. Retrieved March 28, 2017.