What’s at stake:
We are in a pivotal moment across our country and across the world. The policy landscape continues to move toward restricting all channels of immigration, rather than centering the dignity and rights of immigrants.
At the federal level, the immigrant community faces many attacks: the “Remain in Mexico” policy which forces migrants to wait outside of the U.S. during their asylum process, the Trump administration’s plan to build a wasteful and unnecessary border wall, and policies that restrict immigration options for low-income immigrants. Currently, a nationwide backlog of citizenship applications leaves 700,000 immigrants unable to finish the citizenship process and become engaged voters. Locally in New Mexico, we continue to see the expansion of immigrant prisons and the use of the criminal justice system by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to target and arrest immigrants who have been living in our communities for decades.
NMILC continues to be responsive to the changing political landscape. The demand for our services, as well as the technical and legal support we provide to our community partners, has never been greater, nor have the stakes ever felt so high.
What we do:
Welcoming immigrants is a strong part of our national identity and fabric. We know that when immigrant communities thrive, we all thrive. That’s why NMILC’s legal services aim to amplify the voices and contributions of immigrants and address the historical marginalization of these communities:
- Legal services to build safety and economic stability in immigrant communities.
- Mentoring legal professionals from historically marginalized communities.
- Connecting clients to community partners, and local organizing and advocacy efforts
- Advocating for policies that support immigrant integration
- Support immigrant entrepreneurs and building assets in the immigrant community.
Just this year, NMILC staff provided legal services to 4,766 immigrants in our community. With the help of our nearly 300 volunteers, we led free workshops for Citizenship, Asylum, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status cases. Our staff has advocated with the Second Judicial District Court to remove barriers for low-income immigrant parents who need to obtain court orders for their children. Our detention team began a program at the new immigrant prison in Torrance County to provide detained migrants with legal information and to prepare them for their asylum interviews. NMILC also continues to be a leader in our efforts to make the legal profession and the nonprofit sector more representative of the communities we serve.
How you can join us:
In response to the mounting barriers facing immigrant families and workers, we have also experienced an outpouring of support. We have watched how the immigrant rights movement, historically on the sidelines in progressive movement-building, has been uplifted and embraced locally and nationally.
We don’t know what new hurdles 2020 will bring, but we know that with the compassionate and dedicated support of people like you, we will continue to fight for human rights and dignity for all of our neighbors.
Here are some of the ways your contribution has a direct impact on our work:
- A $60 donation can cover expenses for NMILC staff to travel to Cibola County Correctional Center. Because of their distance, travel costs can be steep for both staff and volunteers.
- $2000 helps fund one U visa case – donate today to help an immigrant survivor of a crime on their path towards legal status!
- A contribution of $700 can support NMILC to host one more Economic Justice Workshop in the upcoming year!
This Giving Tuesday, join us in the fight for immigrant justice by donating or spreading the word!
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