4 Jun

ICE’s presence grows in New Mexico while benefiting the private prison industry

By: Adriel D. Orozco, Esq., Associate Director About two years ago, the Torrance County Detention Facility closed leaving more than 200 employees without jobs and devastating the local economy. It is a common story as many small towns in rural America are highly dependent on the prison industry. But the closing of the Torrance County prison highlights the fundamental problem of […]

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4 Jun

Economic Justice: How NMILC’s attorneys are working to address wage theft in New Mexico’s immigrant community

By: Abdiel Razo, Communications Associate Imagine laboring away in the heat of a hot New Mexico summer day to make ends meet for your family only to have your employer tell you that your paycheck is coming later than expected. Imagine that that paycheck never comes. Imagine that you go to your state labor department […]

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13 Feb

Remote Adjudication Centers: The Latest Threat to Migrants’ Due Process Rights

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) has recently opened up two “Adjudication Centers” to hear detained migrants’ cases over teleconferencing. These remote centers, which function as courts though with less transparency, were meant to ease the swelling backlog of cases in immigration courts. While more efficient court proceedings may benefit detained people by lessening […]

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21 Dec

2018 Year in Review

Over the past year, the outpouring of support from the community gave us the flexibility to respond to the mounting attacks on the immigration community. Looking ahead to what 2019 will bring, we know these attacks on our neighbors, friends, and families will not stop. We are committed to continuing our work from the past, […]

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20 Sep

Family Separation: What’s Happening Now

Over the last several months, many of you watched in horror as ICE and Border Patrol separated thousands of immigrant children from their parents. Thanks to the hard work, tireless advocacy, and incredible support of immigrant communities and their allies all over the country, the administration has been ordered to reunite separated families, and many […]

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6 Sep

DACA: The Latest Updates

When Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, it threw the immigrant community into uncertainty. The executive action by President Obama had enabled hundreds of thousands of immigrant youth to come out of the shadows and fully integrate into their communities by pursuing higher education, obtaining […]

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2 May

Won Asylum for a Domestic Violence Survivor

This fall, NMILC beat the odds and won asylum for a domestic violence survivor in El Paso, Texas   Mayra* grew up in a household with domestic violence in Mexico, and she yearned to find a safe and loving home. When a neighbor boy started courting her at age 11, she was flattered. At the […]

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27 Mar

Blanca’s Story

Abandoned by both of their parents, Blanca* and her sister moved in with their abusive uncle when they were young. Given the name “Oscar” at birth, Blanca was beaten at home and at school for playing with dolls and wearing pink. Her uncle forced Blanca to leave school by age 11, declaring that he would […]

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20 Mar

Linda’s Story

In a remote detention facility in New Mexico, isolated from immigrant rights organizations and legal assistance, is the only immigrant prison in the country that has a pod dedicated to holding transwomen. NMILC, in partnership with the Santa Fe Dreamers Project, is dedicated to ensuring that these women receive legal representation and can go on […]

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