21 Apr

Reflections on the Border: Part 1

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 first of a three-part series sharing their thoughts about the experience. The views expressed herein are those of NMILC’s staff members. Southwest Key is an “Immigrant Children’s Shelter” located on […]


21 Feb

Citizenship Fair: May 5, 2017

On May 5, 2017, we are hosting a citizenship fair with the goal of assisting as many New Mexicans as possible as they complete their citizenship applications. Lawful permanent residents who are eligible to apply for citizenship will have the opportunity to complete their applications with the help of trained volunteers and will have their […]


23 Dec

Fighting for DREAMers Under a Trump Administration

“I want dreamers to come from the United States. I want the people in the United States that have children, I want them to have dreams also. We’re always talking about dreamers for other people. I want the children that are growing up in the United States to be dreamers also. They’re not dreaming right […]


10 Nov

A Letter from Our Executive Director

Dear Friend, I woke up yesterday incredibly saddened. As I began to process the outcome of the election and its impact on immigrants, I thought of my father, who was born in a displaced persons camp in the wake of World War II. He and my grandparents were there as a result of exclusionary policies […]


26 Oct

Citizenship Workshops and the Power of Pro Se: Perspectives From a New Employee

If you plan on moving from Minnesota to New Mexico, prepare for some surprises. You may find yourself asking questions like “Why is everyone putting on their winter clothes in this 70 degree heat?” or “Where did all the Norwegians go?” But there are also many surprises when you go from the Canadian to the […]


4 Apr

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 children to obtain temporary […]


2 Mar

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 by […]


28 Jan

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, another attempt by […]


18 Sep

New Mexico Immigrant Law Center Meets Community Needs with Connectivity

Previously published on HIP Online by Erin Ginder-Shaw   Carissa Aranda, New Mexico Program Coordinator and Operations Manager The New Mexico Immigrant Law Center (NMILC) is one of very few providers that offer, “Legal assistance to low-income immigrant families facing separation due to deportation, asylum seekers, and unaccompanied minors.” The organization has ten staff members, […]