Keeping Families United

NMILC is making access to justice affordable for New Mexico’s immigrants and aspiring citizens and to promote knowledge of legal rights.<

New Mexico Immigrant Law Center

Our story

The total undocumented population in New Mexico is about 70,000. If granted legal status, American Progress estimates that undocumented immigrants could earn wages that are 15.1 percent higher within five years. In addition, if those individuals then earned their citizenship, their wages would rise an additional 10 percent. Our goal is to provide legal services that would give immigrants the opportunities to increase their economic security. By finding immigrants a form of immigration relief and ensuring that they are guided through that process, we are working towards increasing the economic security of families along with bringing families the stability that comes with obtaining legal status. By supporting NMILC in our project, your donations will go toward our goal in ensuring that we are able to keep New Mexican families together!

Why it matters?

“My life has changed around a lot. Because of DACA, I don’t feel afraid.” – Melissa Aleman

For far too many families, immigration status has led to hardships that are harmful to the well-being of children. Mixed-status families live in fear of deportations and our current policies deprive some children of the opportunity to remain in this country with parents who love and care for them.

“I still feel afraid for my family and my community, but not as afraid for myself.”-Melissa Aleman

To give a sense of the scale of the problem, in the Applied Research Center’s  report Shattered Families: The Perilous Intersection of Immigration Enforcement and the Child Welfare System, it estimates that over 5,000 children are currently living in foster care in the United States because their immigrant parents have been detained or deported. Providing access to information and legal support for eligible immigrant families promotes children’s health and well-being by increasing access to needed services and preventing the negative consequences of family disruptions.

How will the funds be used?

NMILC will evaluate the impact of our services in priority areas addressed in this proposal through our sophisticated electronic case management system. We will provide on-site legal screenings at key partner organizations and ensure that all screenings include an assessment of pathways to a more permanent status. In the event that we fall short of our fundraising goal, we will still put these fund towards screening individuals and providing legal representation to individuals.



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Keep doing the good job you are, it is much needed!

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Fred Harris and I are proud this excellent organization is providing much-needed support to families in New Mexico.

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NMILC is the best!

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Thanks for all you do to help immigrant famiies!

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