After a month-long hunger strike and months of protests, Gov. Phil Murphy has agreed to create a $40 million fund to help undocumented immigrants and other workers excluded from state and federal aid during the COVID-19 pandemic. The money will come from the Coronavirus Relief Fund and the remaining money from the federal CARES Act, with the potential to use some the $6 billion the state will receive from the American Rescue Plan.
Those who can show they were excluded from relief and who meet income thresholds can claim a one-time payment of $1,000 and $2,000 maximum per household. Advocates have argued that undocumented immigrants contribute millions of dollars in state and local taxes. There is no word on when the money will be distributed.