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NJ Might Give $40 Million of Federal Funds to Undocumented Immigrants

New Jersey immigrant groups want stimulus payments unemployment-like benefits for undocumented people excluded from past relief.

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) is thinking about using $40 million in federal funds to give undocumented immigrants one-time stimulus payments. On Tuesday, representatives from Murphy’s office hinted at the figure during a conference call with immigrant advocates. Sources said the conference call became “pretty heated” over the amount to be given to undocumented immigrants. New Jersey immigrant groups are seeking relief measures for undocumented immigrants after they were excluded from past funds, with some recommending $2,000 in stimulus payments and $600 in unemployment-like benefits. POLITICO New Jersey 

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