Immigrants in New Mexico

American Immigration Council
Date of Publication: 
October, 2017
Source Organization: 
American Immigration Council


New Mexico has a sizable immigrant community, 70 percent of which hails from Mexico. Roughly 10 percent of the state’s population was born in another country, while 1 in 9 residents is a native-born U.S. citizen with at least one immigrant parent. Foreign-born residents are vital members of New Mexico’s labor force, with immigrants accounting for over 37 percent of the state’s fishers, farmers, and foresters, and 18 percent of employees in the construction industry. As workers, business owners, taxpayers, and neighbors, immigrants are an integral part of New Mexico’s diverse and thriving communities and make extensive contributions that benefit all.

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