What does Immigration Reform mean for New Mexico? How about 12,000 jobs and $1.8 Billion

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Impact of Immigration Reform on New Mexico

President Obama’s executive action to enact immigration reform happened – despite Republican claims that he couldn’t.

The action was an equivalent of sending the middle finger to Republicans in Congress who said he shouldn’t do it and they wouldn’t.


Immigrants make up a big part of New Mexico’s communities and economies.  How big?  Here’s a snapshot from the Immigration Policy Center: 

Impact of Immigration Reform on New Mexico

Impact of Immigration Reform on New Mexico

Immigrants are integral to New Mexico’s economy

  • _Immigrants comprised 12.7% of the state’s workforce in 2011 (or 125,569 workers), according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • _Unauthorized immigrants comprised roughly 5.6% of the state’s workforce (or 50,000 workers) in 2010, according to a report by the Pew Hispanic Center.
  • _If all unauthorized immigrants were removed from New Mexico, the state would lose $1.8 billion in economic activity, $809.1 million in gross state product, and approximately 12,239 jobs, even accounting for adequate market adjustment time, according to a report by the Perryman Group.

Read the full report online here.

Advocates and families affected by these new immigration reforms gathered together Friday afternoon to say ‘Thank You’ to President Obama and tell their stories.

Know an immigrant looking for information on getting on the list and updates as the policy rolls out?  Get the facts and sign up on ListoNM.org