Gov. Murphy considering stimulus payments to undocumented immigrants

Gov. Phil Murphy is considering a $40 million relief package to assist the state’s undocumented immigrants. According to Politico, the plan calls for making one-time stimulus payments using federal CARES Act money through executive action.

Immigration advocates say it’s not nearly enough to help the roughly half million undocumented residents in the state, but lawmakers have stalled for a year on legislation offering a similar amount. Advocates are continuing a hunger strike calling for a one-time stimulus and weekly $600 payments. They argue that undocumented residents pay taxes and unemployment but have not been included in the federal relief packages. 

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