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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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