Over the past year, we have witnessed the election of a president whose immigration policies including building a wall, deporting millions, and closing doors to those in need of protection. We have seen the termination of the DACA program, instatement of a travel ban, increased ICE presence in our community, and the opening of a new immigrant detention center 90 minutes outside of Albuquerque.
However, we have also seen a burgeoning sanctuary movement and unprecedented energy and support from our community around issues impacting immigration. The election results do not undercut the fact that Americans overwhelmingly support immigration reform. There are millions of Americans who welcome immigrants with open arms and appreciate the strength immigrants bring to our national fabric.
With the challenges of the past year, we at the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center are more committed than ever to our mission of advancing justice and equity by empowering low-income immigrant communities through collaborative legal services, advocacy, and education. We are working towards this mission through projects aimed at increasing civic engagement in the immigrant community, providing direct services that are flexible and responsive to the tumultuous political climate, and building the next generation of social justice legal professionals--especially by addressing barriers to the legal profession facing immigrants and people of color.
Our justice system should not pick and choose who it serves based on how much money they have or where they were born. We envision a vibrant New Mexico where all people--regardless of their immigration status--can achieve their full potential and are treated with dignity and respect. We have made a lot of progress over the past year, and we can't stop now. Please join us as we fight for basic human rights with our immigrant neighbors. We cannot do it alone.