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People Rally for Immigrant Relief Fund in New Jersey

Gov. Phil Murphy (D) unveiled the state’s budget on Tuesday, but just like federal relief bills, it included no coronavirus relief money for immigrants.

Mazin Sidahmed

Aug 31, 2020

New Jersey State House

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People rallied Saturday in Passaic City Hall in New Jersey to call on the state legislature to provide relief funds for immigrants. Gov. Phil Murphy (D) unveiled the state’s budget on Tuesday, and it included no coronavirus relief money for immigrants. Make the Road New Jersey organized the rally to demand that help, especially since immigrants were also left out of federal government pandemic stimulus packages. It is calling for the passage of bill S2480, would provide one-time payments to undocumented and eligible taxpayers. According to the bill, undocumented New Jersey state residents pay $1.1 billion in federal taxes and $600 million in state and local taxes. NorthJersey.com

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NY Universities Have Highest Number of International Students

New York University and Columbia University had the highest number of international students on F-1 visas in 2019, according to new data released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. According to ICE’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program report, there were 19,750 foreign students enrolled at NYU and 19,741 enrolled at Columbia. California accounts for the largest portion of students from abroad, at 28.3%. The total number of active international students fell 1.7% in 2019 from the year before, continuing a trend that has persisted throughout the Trump administration. ICE 2019 SEVIS by the Numbers Report

Mazin Sidahmed

Mazin Sidahmed is the co-executive director of Documented. He previously worked for the Guardian US in New York. He started his career writing for The Daily Star in Beirut and he also contributed to Politico New York.




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