Civil Rights of Immigrants Campaign

Gamaliel's Civil Rights of Immigrants Campaign (CRI) is committed to working for equal opportunity and fair treatment of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Currently, we are calling on the Biden Administration to implement Complete Inclusive Immigration Reform for the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. 

In a recent letter to President Biden, CRI outlined this urgent list of demands for Complete Inclusive Immigration Reform:

1. Moratorium on all deportations.

2. Free all detained immigrants who have no history of violence and/or who are at high risk from COVID-19.

3. Expand COVID-19 relief to include all undocumented immigrants.

4. Provide ALL undocumented essential workers protective status and work permits.

5. Expand and create permanent protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

6. Create a pathway to citizenship.

7. Reverse Trump’s racist immigration policies: Remove the Public Charge Rule; remove practice of family separation at the border; restore family reunification as a priority in evaluating family petitions; reinstate Temporary Protection Status (TPS); remove the “Remain in Mexico” policy for asylum seekers; and restore application costs (Citizenship, LPR) to pre-Trump costs.

8. End the funding of private prisons that incarcerate undocumented immigrants. Close all detention centers.

9. End militarized funding of immigration enforcement; Hold ICE CBP/ agents accountable for abuses of power and include a quarterly accountability report; and abolish ICE from local law enforcement.

10. Address root causes of migration through financial inclusion and empowerment of remittances: Mobilize low cost remittance for savings bonds for development; invest in Sustainable employment in high migration sending communities; and focus on development to address climate change roots of migration.

Download our full letter to President Biden.

Watch the CRI's press conference to present our demands:

Theological Statement on Complete and Inclusive Immigration Reform

Theological Framework

“We are tied in an inescapable network of mutuality, a single garment of destiny.” (Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)

We are leaders of diverse religious communities who have discovered in our own traditions a shared sense that each human life has worth and dignity. Beyond the differences of nationality, ethnicity and race, beyond gender and age and class, we affirm one human family sharing one planet blessed by one great Source of all creation.

We acknowledge the natural process of migration of living beings. Climate change results in the migration of plants and animals. International economic and political changes and challenges result in the movement of people to places where they may avoid danger and hope for a better opportunity for their children to thrive.

Read the full statement here.

Get in touch with CRI

Pablo Tapia, Chair [email protected]

Juan Soto, Gamaliel Staff Liason to CRI  [email protected]

Rev. Cynthia Jarrold, Gamaliel National Policy Director [email protected]

Latest News from CRI

Gamaliel affiliates to members of Congress: “Immigrants are as American as apple pie…and rice and beans!”

Por | July 6, 2021

Gamaliel affiliates and supporters of Complete Inclusive Immigration Reform and the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 across the country joined together on Friday, July 2 and Tuesday, July 6 to tell their members of Congress that immigrants are as American as apple pie…and rice and beans!  Members of Quad Cities Interfaith, WISDOM, SOPHIA (Waukesha, WI),…

Immigrants are as American as apple pie — and rice and beans!

Por | June 24, 2021

This Independence Day weekend, join Gamaliel Network and our Civil Rights of Immigrants Campaign in sending the message that immigrants are as American as apple pie…and rice and beans! On July 2, supporters of Complete Inclusive Immigration Reform across the country have committed to delivering apple pies and rice and beans to their Congress members’…

Gamaliel needs your help to make 1,000 calls to members of Congress on June 21!

Por | June 14, 2021

In honor of Father’s Day and all undocumented fathers across the country, Gamaliel and the Civil Rights of Immigrants Coordinating Committee are holding a National Day of Phone Calls in support of the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 (H.R.1177/ S.348) on June 21, 2021. Gamaliel has committed to making 1,000 calls on June 21 —…

Civil Rights of Immigrants holds Congressional Briefing (video)

Por | May 17, 2021

Gamaliel’s Civil Rights of Immigrants Campaign and Gamaliel of California held a Congressional Briefing May 12 to advocate for Complete Inclusive Immigration Reform (CIIR). CIIR is a set of demands that the Civil Rights of Immigrants Campaign put forward in a January, 2021 letter to President Joe Biden, including a moratorium on deportations, creating a…

Civil Rights of Immigrants Campaign to hold meeting April 29, issues petition

Por | April 22, 2021

Please join Gamaliel’s Civil Rights of Immigrants Campaign on April 29 at 6 p.m. CT (7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT) for El Día del Niño: Niños Migrantes No Acompañados (Children’s Day: Unaccompanied Migrant Children). On the 100th day of President Biden’s term in office, we’re taking action on behalf of the Unaccompanied Migrant Children who…

Gamaliel Responds to Targeted Attack Against Civil Rights of Immigrants Press Conference: “We Will Not Be Silenced”

Por | January 21, 2021

The following is a statement issued on Thursday, January 21, 2021. You can download our press release here: Gamaliel Statement on Zoom Bombing Attack   During a scheduled press conference by our Civil Rights of Immigrants campaign on January 21, 2021, the Gamaliel Network was the target of a Zoom bombing attack. We believe this…

Gamaliel leaders call on Incoming President Biden to prioritize the inclusion of undocumented essential workers in legislation

Por | January 20, 2021

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 19, 2021 CRI Contact (English/Español):  Pablo Tapia Gamaliel Civil Rights of Immigrants Chair [email protected] /(651) 208-7896 National Contact: Rev. Cynthia Owen Jarrold Gamaliel National Policy Director [email protected] /(913) 219-3198   Gamaliel leaders call on Incoming President Biden to prioritize the inclusion of undocumented essential workers in legislation and executive orders during the Administration’s…

Let’s also prioritize COVID-19 vaccinations for jails, prisons, and immigrant detention centers in this country!

Por | December 22, 2020

Now it the time to take action to secure vaccinations for the incarcerated in this country! On December 11, the Food and Drug Administration issued the first emergency use authorization for a COVID-19 vaccine.  Since then, FDA has issued a another emergency use authorization for a second COVID-19 vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and…

Gamaliel Statement on the Biden Administration Detainment of Haitian Refugees

Por | September 27, 2021

The Gamaliel Civil Rights of Immigrants Campaign calls on the Biden administration to immediately cease the unconscionable border detainment and deportation of Haitian immigrants. We demand that ​​President Joseph Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas grant temporary protected status to the immigrants being detained at the Del Rio International Bridge, and to all Haitian immigrants…

Sign on to Gamaliel’s letter in support of a path to citizenship in the Build Back Better Act

Por | January 10, 2022

For the last 15 years, Gamaliel’s Civil Rights of Immigrants Campaign has fought for a clear path to citizenship for all immigrants. Now, as the United States Senate considers the Build Back Better Act, we have a narrow window of opportunity to push President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer…