Hispanic families, immigrants excluded from federal coronavirus relief

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Local authorities call for “inclusive” state and federal relief

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  • Interviewees also discussed their views on George Floyd’s death and police violence.

ALBUQUERQUE – A new survey reports that half of Hispanic and Latino families in New Mexico have less than $ 1,000 in reserve to deal with lost or reduced wages or additional expenses during the COVID-19 emergency.

Meanwhile, with undocumented workers excluded from federal assistance related to COVID-19, many mixed-status families in New Mexico are struggling to make ends meet, many draining their savings and / or turning to expensive payday loans to make ends meet, setting up heavier financial burdens for the future.

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Between June 4 and 12, polling firm Latino Decisions surveyed nearly 500 Hispanic parents of children 18 and under by combining bilingual online surveys and telephone interviews.

The survey was commissioned by a coalition of organizations in New Mexico, including the Partnership for Community Action, Somos Un Pueblo Unido, NM Voices for Children, El Centro de Igualidad y Derechos, Comunidades de Fe en Acción (commonly called NM CAFé, based in Las Cruces) and Abriendo Puertas.

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At a virtual press conference Tuesday, the company released the responses to a survey measuring the economic impacts on Hispanic families in New Mexico, including immigrants.

The sample, which has a 4.4% margin of error, indicated that 20% of Hispanic families in New Mexico have seen a member of their household lose their job since the COVID-19 emergency was declared. in March.

Almost half said their family members had seen their working hours cut or their wages cut, with one in three parents or primary caregivers saying they had difficulty paying their rent or mortgage. 36 percent of those surveyed who lost their jobs were not entitled to unemployment benefits.

The federal CARES law, which the Migration Policy Institute research group estimates excluding around 15.4 million people, including millions of children due to residency or immigration status, had made stimulus payments to 71% of New Mexico respondents, but 40% of families had not received additional payments for their children.

About half of those surveyed continued to work outside the home, with 31% of those working in health industries.

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Participants were also asked about the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and a large majority of respondents said they had watched video footage of former policeman Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes while that Floyd was dying, and used it as a basis to tell their children about systemic racism.

Respondents also indicated that they felt a shared experience of the pain and frustration expressed by black communities in the United States over violent police and other systemic oppressions, with 77% saying they feared their children will not experience excessive police force in the future.

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“We are really missing the mark as a society, as elected officials and as a federal government,” Aztec mayor Victor Snover said at the conference. “Immigrants… whatever their status have long been the backbone of our society. Without them our economy would literally collapse.”

Snover also called “blatantly anti-American” that any community would suffer disproportionately because of their ethnicity or place of birth.

Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber and Bernalillo County Commissioner Debbie O’Malley both noted that many members of the Hispanic community, including immigrants, were at increased risk of COVID-19 as essential workers and yet treated, as O’Malley put it, “as if they are dispensable.”

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O’Malley also called for legislation that prioritized aid to businesses over direct aid to families.

Doña Ana County Commissioner Manuel Sanchez, representing a community near the US-Mexico border, noted the region’s dependence on the region’s agricultural sector on migrant labor and said, “ Too often our immigrant brothers and sisters are overlooked.

The full report can be read online at https://bit.ly/LDSurveyData.

A letter signed by 45 elected officials from across the state, addressed to the federal state delegation, called for future federal relief to include immigrant workers and families.

Read the full Latino Decisions report here:

Algernon D’Ammassa can be reached at 575-541-5451, [email protected] Where @AlgernonWrites on Twitter.

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