Fact sheet Stimulus checks – also called rebates – were in one of the aid packages passed by Congress to help Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic downturn. This fact sheet looks at who gets them, how much they will receive, who is left out, and what is left to be done. (State-level data on factors of economic well-being)
Fact sheet series introduction Congress has passed several aid packages to help Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic downturn. This series looks at what's in the aid packages, how they will impact you, your family, community and state, who was left out of the stimulus, and what should come next.
NM Voices contends the lack of financial assistance immigrants will receive during the COVID-19 crisis will lead to a loss in economic activity in areas of the state with higher immigrant populations, exacerbating a growing economic crisis in those areas. The report lists ways immigrants are under-served during an emergency like a pandemic.
NM Voices for Children and other nonprofit organizations issued a report Thursday highlighting the contributions immigrants make to society to point out the inequity of refusing relief to a group who pays state, federal and local taxes. According to the report, both documented and undocumented immigrants pay more than $996 million annually in federal, state and local taxes.
Many of New Mexico’s immigrants – including some with legal residency – have been mostly left out of ongoing state and federal relief efforts put in place to help blunt the coming recession and assist displaced workers and small business owners. That is one of the conclusions of a report released today to coincide with International Workers’ Day, which is May 1.
“In the long term, as New Mexicans finally get back to work, these families will be forced to use future income to pay off debt incurred during the pandemic instead of to jump-start economic recovery in their communities,” the report says.
Report Despite the fact that immigrants work, pay taxes, and are a vital part of our economy, many were left out of the relief packages Congress passed to help blunt the coming recession and assist displaced workers and small business owners. Not only is that harmful to many New Mexico children and families, it also will impede our ability to rebuild our economy. (State- and some county-level data on selected demographics, and state-level data on immigrant tax contributions)
“There’s at least $55 million that our families and communities, and the New Mexico economy is missing out on because of that provision that everyone in the household has to have a Social Security number,” Wallin said.
Even with social distancing, the coronavirus pandemic has made it clear how interconnected we all are – that the health of an entire community is dependent on the health of each of its members. For the community to be healthy, everyone must have access to health care, shelter, and nutritious food.
Despite numerous challenges, including counterproductive federal policies and now a global pandemic, New Mexico policy-makers and local non-profit organizations are working together to make sure all New Mexicans are counted during the 2020 Census.