15 Oct

Proposed Changes to Public Charge Rules

What is “Public Charge”?   Public charge has been used as a term to label “an individual who is likely to become primarily dependent on the government for subsistence.”   The term public charge was first used in the Immigration Act of 1882, which was enacted alongside the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. Those bills […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


7 Mar

7,000 New Mexicans In Limbo

Congress had until March 5, 2018 to pass a solution to permanently shield immigrant youth from deportation. It’s inaction has left about 7,000 New Mexican youth in uncertainty.   In 2012, President Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that granted protection from deportation and work permits to around 700,000 young people […]


26 May

Stories from Cibola

If you drive about 90 miles from Albuquerque into the tiny town of Milan, NM, you’ll come across a large complex surrounded by tall gates and barbed wire–the Cibola County Detention Center. Not long ago, Cibola was a private prison run by the infamous Corrections Corporations of America, or CCA, and was shut down due […]


15 May

Reflections on the Border: Part 3

This is the third of a three-part series sharing individual NMILC staff member’s views related to border issues. Part 1 discussed a trip to a youth “shelter” located at the Mexico-US border, and Part 2 shared one employee’s views from a tour of the border with a Customs and Border Patrol officer. The views expressed […]


8 May

Reflections on the Border: Part 2

In February, staff members from NMILC visited the Mexico-US border, touring a youth “shelter”, local processing center, and segments of the wall. This is the second of a three-part series sharing their thoughts about the experience; click here to read part 1. The views expressed herein are those of individual NMILC staff members, and may […]