By Jessica Pollard, Santa Fe New Mexican
Jan. 17, 2022

Many Hispanic families in New Mexico are struggling to stay afloat financially through another year of the pandemic, according to a survey published last week by a statewide economic relief coalition.

Advocates and politicians are calling for state lawmakers to use American Rescue Plan funds this year to help mitigate the financial impacts of COVID-19, which researchers say disproportionately hurt New Mexico’s Hispanic women, rural residents and Spanish speakers.

The bilingual survey of 1,000 Hispanic adults, including nearly 250 immigrants, was conducted last month by polling firm BSP Research and commissioned by New Mexico Economic Relief Working Group, a coalition of organizations that includes children advocacy nonprofit New Mexico Voices for Children and the immigrant rights group Somos Un Pueblo Unido. The effort was a follow-up to a smaller survey conducted in 2020.

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