GCIR 2022 Public Policy Agenda

As the nation’s only philanthropic-mobilizing organization focused on moving money and power to immigrant, refugee, and asylum seeker communities, in 2022 GCIR is expanding how we engage philanthropy by formally adopting a public policy platform to heighten philanthropic awareness of, and support for, key priorities of the immigrant justice movement.

Informed by input from GCIR members, immigrant justice movement leaders, and other stakeholders, our policy agenda aims to address the challenges that deny individuals the freedom to stay, move, work, transform, and thrive, including racial capitalism and militarism. Our policy agenda also reflects potential solutions identified by the immigrant justice movement for addressing these challenges.

By sharing our policy priorities, we are highlighting for GCIR members and the broader philanthropic community immigration policy issues we believe warrant consideration for support, whether through direct investments or by amplifying and advancing the work through institutional platforms and relationships. GCIR’s policy platform will change and evolve in response to emerging developments, and we will continue to update these priorities going forward.

Among the questions GCIR will consider in evaluating potential policy priorities are:

  • Is the issue of significant importance to and identified as ripe for action by the immigrant justice movement?
  • Is philanthropy’s voice absent from the discussion of this issue, and could philanthropy have influence on the outcome?
  • Does the policy advance love, solidarity, dignity, power, and abundance with and for communities?

The following are GCIR’s initial 2022 policy priorities:

National Priorities

  • Support the rollback of restrictive public charge rule changes made in 2019 and support adoption of the LIFT the BAR Act, which would allow all lawfully present immigrants to access federal programs without discriminatory bars or waiting periods.
  • Support the termination of the Title 42 policy, implemented in 2020 to deny access to potential asylum seekers.
  • Support the Afghan Adjustment Act, which would allow certain Afghan evacuees living inside the United States to apply for permanent resident status, an option that creates a pathway to citizenship which would otherwise be significantly more challenging to access.
  • Support a legislative solution that secures a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients, embedded within a larger legislative solution that provides a pathway to citizenship for undocumented individuals.

State Priorities

  • Support passage of Michigan’s Drive SAFE Act (HB 4835), which would allow undocumented state residents to apply for drivers’ licenses, an essential tool for safely accessing employment opportunities and other supports.

Local Priorities

  • Support full funding for the implementation and protection of New York City’s new municipal voting system that restores the right to vote in local elections for legal permanent residents and others lawfully present.

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Last Updated 7.21.22