Last week, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the state would put $40 million in federal dollars into the Excluded New Jerseyans Fund, a fund to help undocumented immigrants and other workers excluded from state and federal aid during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The fund is for one-time cash payments of up to $2,000 dollars, going to households making up to $55,000 that were ineligible for aid during the pandemic. The governor’s office estimates 20,000 to 30,000 families could benefit. But advocates for undocumented workers say the $40 million is not nearly enough to meet the need for it.