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NMILC provides legal assistance to low-income immigrant families facing separation due to deportation, asylum seekers, and unaccompanied minors. Legal risks for them remain high, and – unlike citizens – they have no right to free counsel. Immigrants do face fewer social and political obstacles in New Mexico than they do elsewhere, such as the neighboring state of Arizona. By long tradition, immigrants from Mexico would travel back and forth between home towns south of the border and jobs in New Mexico. But that practice has become virtually impossible in today’s federal enforcement climate. At the same time, a seemingly unstoppable wave of violence in Mexico is driving more families to seek refuge in the United States, with New Mexico the refuge of choice for many. These trends make the work of NMILC vitally important. Learn more »


NMILC provee servicios legales dedicados a las familias inmigrantes de bajos recursos que están a riesgo de ser separadas por la deportación. También somos la única organización que provee asistencia legal para personas intentando de conseguir asilo y menores de edad no acompañados por un padre. NMILC ayuda a familias encontrar estabilidad y aumentar sus oportunidades para obtener la seguridad económica, abriendo las puertas para que los inmigrantes en Nuevo México puedan contribuir a sus comunidades para las futuras generaciones.

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President Obama Announces Admin Relief

November 20, 2014
In response to the President’s announcement NMILC has set up Listo Nuevo México; a collaborative campaign established to ensure that the administrative relief program is implemented as effectively as possible in New Mexico. NMILC manages ListoNM.org in order to provide up to date information on the announcement, how individuals can prepare, and to act as a resource for community members, organizations and institutions to find out if and when workshops and legal fairs will be held around the state. Visit ListoNM.org »

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Not Waiting for Students to Show Up, NMILC Takes DACA to Albuquerque’s Schools

Not Waiting for Students to Show Up, NMILC Takes DACA to Albuquerque’s Schools

The New Mexico Immigrant Law Center (NMILC) has created an innovative and unique program to help students and young adults apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA, which was announced by the Obama administration in 2012, allows people born after June 15, 1981 who arrived in the U.S. as... more

Changes to NM's Driver's License Law and Its Impact on Immigrants

Changes to NM’s Driver’s License Law and Its Impact on Immigrants

Somos un Pueblo Unido, an immigrant and worker's rights organization integral in pushing for the HB 99 compromise bill, created a fact sheet on the new law. To see the fact sheet click here. Para leer la versión en español por favor de hacer clic aquí.  After a five-year anti-immigrant campaign waged... more

5 Immigration Issues Important to New Mexico in 2016

Immigration has always been an ever-moving and volatile landscape—and 2016 will be no different. The staff of the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center details below the top 5 immigration issues that we think will be the most important to New Mexico this year. 1. Driver’s Licenses—Will this time be a charm? Another year,... more