A New Mexico pilot program has shown promise in easing financial hardships for immigrant families

By Alejandra O’Connell-Domenech, The Hill
Dec. 12, 2023

A guaranteed basic income program launched last year in New Mexico has helped boost employment rates and housing security among immigrants, according to a new report.

Last February, the New Mexico Economic Relief Working Group and the anti-poverty nonprofit UpTogether rolled out the “New Mexico Guaranteed Income Pilot Program for Immigrant Families.”

Findings from the pilot program were published Tuesday.

As part of the program, 330 mixed-immigration status households in both rural and urban communities received $500 a month for 12 months — no strings attached.

After the year was up, 50 households were selected at random to receive $500 for an extra six months.

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