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“This is really challenging time for all of us with the public health emergency, especially those who are most vulnerable,” Doña Ana County Commissioner Manuel Sanchez said Wednesday, July 1, as he participated in a Zoom news conference to discuss a statewide survey regarding Hispanic families in New Mexico who are ineligible for federal COVID-19 relief.
“Immigrant brothers and sisters too often are overlooked,” Sanchez said, and yet they are an “integral part of our county. They go to work the same as we all do. They go to school, and they’re going through the same challenges. Leadership in Washington have provided billions of dollars to corporations when really the people need it.”
The survey, conducted by the research firm Latino Decisions, showed that 20 percent of Hispanic families in New Mexico have had someone in their household lose their job since the onset of COVID-19; 20 percent of Hispanic parents/primary caregivers have seen their business shut down and/or see significant drops in revenue; 33 percent of parents/primary caregivers have had trouble paying their rent or mortgage; and 48 percent had work hours cut or their pay cut, but have kept their job.
The survey also showed that nearly one-third of Hispanic families in New Mexico need help with wages and income as a result of COVID-19, and that nearly half have $1,000 or less for emergencies.
For the survey, conducted June 4-12, Latino Decisions randomly interviewed 480 Hispanic parents of children 18 years or younger, according to www.latinodecisions.com. It conducted online surveys, as well as live landlines and cell telephone interviews.
The survey has a 4.4 percent margin of error, said Gabriel Sanchez, Ph.D., lead researcher for Latino Decisions, adding that 165 of survey respondents were immigrants.
Here are other survey results: