By Jessica Dyer, Albuquerque Journal
April 30, 2020

Local advocacy groups are making an economic case for expanding financial relief to undocumented immigrants and mixed-status families during the COVID-19 pandemic, saying it could benefit New Mexico in the short and the long term.

A new report from the nonprofit New Mexico Voices for Children says $55 million more in federal money would flow into New Mexico if the federal government did not deny CARES Act stimulus payments to certain immigrants, including those who file taxes without Social Security numbers, and, in some cases, their U.S. citizen family members.

The report titled “Essential but Excluded” says an estimated 60,000…

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