New Jersey will spend $2.5 million in federal funds to help migrants arriving in New Jersey find work.
Over the next few months, the Department’s Office of New Americans will do outreach and education. The office also provides application assistance to help immigrant workers navigate the eligibility determination process and applications for waivers of the $410 processing fee, the department said last week.
Help for migrants seeking work in NJ
Some individuals may be eligible for a fee waiver if their household income is at or below 150% of federal poverty guidelines at the time of filing or if they are facing financial hardship or receive a means-tested benefit such as Medicaid, the state said.
According to data from the American Immigration Council, over 470,000 undocumented immigrants reside in New Jersey.
Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement about the state’s initiatives, “I thank the Biden administration for enabling these efforts to ensure new arrivals to our state and country have access to the American Dream.”
A change in tone
The tone was different from several weeks ago, when Murphy and other officials rejected a federal proposal for the Atlantic City International Airport to house migrants who have filled tent cities, churches, and other facilities in New York City to overflow.
Murphy said during a News 12 New Jersey appearance in August that he did not see “any scenario” where the relocation could happen in Atlantic