TRENTON (AP) – New Jersey allocated $2.1 million to help illegal immigrants avoid deportation, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday.
The first-year Democrat said in a statement that the illegals “do not deserve to be torn apart” by what he described as the federal government’s “cruel and discriminatory policies.”
The deal calls for $925,000 to go to Legal Services of New Jersey and the American Friends Service Committee. Rutgers and Seton Hall’s law schools will also each get $125,000.
New Jersey joins other Democrat-controlled states like New York and California that offer legal help to poorer illegal immigrants. Last year, a public-private partnership to help immigrants was announced in New York, whose immigrants are detained at the Bergen and Hudson county facilities in New Jersey.
New Jersey Republicans criticized the expenditure on Monday.
“The spending choices of this administration are indefensible and irresponsible,” Assemblyman John DiMaio said in a statement.