Monday marks day 13 of a hunger strike led by a group of New Jersey’s undocumented immigrants and advocates. They’re rallying and refusing food until Gov. Phil Murphy and the Legislature set aside COVID-19 relief funds to help the workers, many of whom have been unemployed since the pandemic hit.
The governor was reportedly considering $40 million in aid, while opponents argue the state can’t afford that amount. Advocates and the more than 35 hunger strikers themselves say the Murphy administration’s supposed relief fund is appreciated as a symbol but, as a practical measure, inadequate.