By Sean P. Thomas, Santa Fe New Mexican
Feb. 11, 2021

Immigrants in New Mexico generate billions of dollars in tax revenue and economic activity, a new report says, but a large segment of the population has been left out of federal pandemic aid that could have helped boost local communities.

It’s an obstacle James Jimenez, executive director of the nonprofit New Mexico Voices for Children, would like to see overcome in the anticipated next wave of COVID-19 relief.

According to the organization’s report, released Thursday to coincide with the Immigrant Day of Action, about 68,000 of New Mexico’s 200,000 immigrants — both undocumented residents and those with legal status — have not been eligible to receive federal aid for a variety of reasons, many because they lack a Social Security number.

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