FAQ

Who is FAIR?

  • FAIR is the nation's largest and oldest public interest organization of concerned individuals who believe that our immigration laws must be reformed to better serve the needs of current and future generations.
  • For 30 years we have offered and advocated for solutions that help reduce the harmful impact of uncontrolled immigration on national security, jobs, healthcare, education and in particular, our environment.
  • FAIR's support base includes nearly 50 private foundations and over 250,000 members and activists.
  • As a non-profit, we are non-partisan and our membership reflects an unusually diverse group.
  • Most importantly, FAIR has, from its founding, stood for the proposition that there should be no immigration policy based on favoritism toward, or discrimination against any person on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, gender or nationality.

What do we believe?

  • FAIR believes that immigration policy plays a huge role in helping us maintain the quality of our environment now, and for future generations. Without common sense limitations on immigration and the resulting growth and sprawl, virtually every environmental cause is a lost cause.
  • While we have great respect for the contributions of immigrants in American society, we recognize that America has reached a point where perpetual growth cannot realistically continue within limited space. At a time when we can least afford it, America is adding more people than ever before in our history and it is draining our natural resources, causing fresh water shortages, depleting our forests, and increasing pollution.
  • FAIR seeks to reduce overall immigration to a level that is more manageable and which more closely reflects past policy. Reducing legal immigration from well over one million presently, to 300,000 a year over a sustained period will allow America to more sensibly manage its growth, address its environmental needs, and maintain a high quality of life.
  • To make that happen, FAIR works for policies that put the interests of American citizens, and our environment, ahead of big business and special interests demands.

What has FAIR done?

  • Over the years, FAIR has played a significant role in virtually all major immigration policy changes.
  • We fought for policy improvements in the landmark 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act and have been instrumental in fashioning legislative and policy reforms since then.
  • In all that we do, FAIR's goal is to educate and increase public awareness of immigration issues, present solutions, hold our leaders accountable for answers, and ensure the public's voice is heard.

Who listens to FAIR?

  • FAIR is widely regarded as the most credible source for immigration issue analysis by members of Congress and has appeared before various committees 100 times throughout our history.
  • Likewise, FAIR has an impeccable reputation and maintains a high profile with the national news media including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and National Public Radio.
  • Our spokespersons provide background and perspective for thousands of newspapers, radio and television stations over the years and are regular guests on CNN, FOX, Telemundo, Univision and hundreds of radio shows across the country.

What does FAIR promise?

  • We understand that immigration policy involves sensitive and emotional issues. While FAIR will continue to fight hard to promote immigration policies that are designed to serve the social, economic and environmental needs of the country, we pledge to respect basic human rights and the dignity of all involved.
  • FAIR exists to help concerned citizens have a voice in immigration policy and promises to remain free of party loyalties and special interest connections so that we can continue to objectively articulate sensible solutions for the 21st Century.