8 Sep

Drastic fee increase for citizenship and its impact on low-income immigrant communities

By Martha Laura Garcia Izaguirre, Supervising Attorney Starting October 2nd, the fee for the citizenship application is set to increase by 81 percent and this has raised serious concerns among immigration law practitioners, immigrants’ rights advocates, and the immigrant community in general. Raising fees for immigration and citizenship processes is nothing new. The federal government […]

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8 Sep

Volunteer Spotlight: Medical Pro Bono, Dr. Megana Dwarakanath

Our pro bono spotlight this month highlights Dr. Megana Dwarakanath, a former University of New Mexico Hospital resident who is currently completing a fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. During her time here in Albuquerque, Megana participated in NMILC-led training with UNMH staff. Organized by Dr. Shawn Sidthu, […]

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21 Aug

Our 2020 Summer Interns

Anna Trillo, Law Student Intern and 2020 Othmer Fellowship Recipient  At NMILC this past summer, I had the privilege of working directly with human trafficking survivors on their various immigration processes.  I learned and worked on T-Visas meant for victims of human trafficking, U-Visas for victims of crimes, and even a citizenship application.  New Mexico […]

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20 Aug

What You Need to Know About the Recent Attacks on Asylum

By: Emma Kahn, Detention Program Coordinator/ Legal Assistant In the past two years alone, we’ve seen dozens of changes to the law that have devastated individuals and families fleeing persecution. These upheavals have ranged from blanket asylum bans for anyone who passed through a third country on their way to the US without seeking asylum […]

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26 Feb

Immigrant-friendly policy keeps communities safer

BY Marian Mendez-Cera / Community Organizer, EL CENTRO de Igualdad y Derechos and Adriel Orozco / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, N.M. IMMIGRANT LAW CENTER Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 at 12:02am We are proud of Albuquerque’s legacy of passing policies that are conducive to immigrant integration and reflect our values of fairness, equity and family. In 2000, we […]

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12 Dec

New proposed fee increases will prevent low-income immigrants from obtaining residency and citizenship

By Martha Laura Garcia-Izaguirre, Supervising Attorney On November 14th, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has a new proposed fee schedule for at least ten different petitions, including citizenship, DACA, work permits, and asylum. Under federal law, USCIS is required to review its fees every two years, but the revision proposed is an […]

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12 Dec

NMILC volunteers with CLINIC’s Asylum Project

At the beginning of this month, a group of NMILC’s staff and attorneys went to El Paso/Juarez for two days to volunteer with Catholic Legal Immigration Network’s (CLINIC) Asylum Project to provide legal aide to migrants under MPP. While there, our volunteer services consisted of three major components: “know your rights” presentations, individual consultations, and accompanying families […]

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12 Dec

Climate Change and Mass Migration: It’s not a hypothetical, it’s already happening

BY: Abdiel Razo, Communications Associate During the last week of September, the UN had its 2019 Climate Summit to address what is increasingly becoming the greatest threat to life on earth. Millions of young people that same week demanded action, such as activist Greta Thunberg who delivered a powerful speech at the UN outlining the little time we have left. Among the many […]

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12 Dec

A Truly Inconvenient Truth: Why what happened at El Paso goes much deeper than Trumps rhetoric

BY: Abdiel Razo, Communciations Associate The manifesto written by Patrick Crusius, who murdered and injured dozens of people in El Paso, titled “The Inconvenient Truth,” gives political, economic, and environmental reasons for the killings. It may be surprising that a white supremacist would be socially aware of the looming threat of climate change, but environmental purity and […]

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