Cardinal Tobin, Faith Leaders urge New Jersey Legislature to Approve  COVID-19 aid to Taxpaying Immigrants

Cardinal Tobin, Faith Leaders urge New Jersey Legislature to Approve  COVID-19 aid to Taxpaying Immigrants

Reverend Bolivar Flores of Coalition of Latino Pastors & Ministers & Rev. Steffie Bartley of National Action Network Join Call for Passage of A4171, S2480 

(New Jersey, December 2, 2020): In New Jersey, by some estimates, 604,615 people, including 262,527 U.S. citizens, lives with at least one undocumented family member. Pending legislation A4171/S2480 would provide one time payments to some undocumented tax filers in New Jersey. The measure has 19 co-sponsors in the Senate and 25 in the Assembly, with bipartisan support and the endorsement of the Star Ledger.

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., D.D., Archbishop of Newark:

“In these days of the pandemic, we have been using the word ‘essential’ more and more. We have essential workers and essential businesses. Unfortunately, we rely on essential workers, but we fall short when it is necessary and appropriate to protect and compensate them adequately – leaving them to be perceived as ‘unessential’.

We urge the passage of this bill to extend COVID-19 funding to the estimated half million undocumented immigrants and their families who are excluded from most safety net programs. This one-time payment would afford help to those essential people working hard for the safety of others.”

Revered Bolivar Flores, Vice President, NJ Coalition of Latino Pastors & Ministers:

”New Jersey‘s undocumented immigrants contribute over half a billion dollars in state and local taxes annually. Passing this legislation would grant our immigrant taxpayers the same social services they pay into. I trust that the NJ Legislature will do the right thing and pass this legislation for Governor Murphy to sign into law.”

Reverend Steffie Bartley, National Action Network:

‘We call on our state legislature to pass this bill and on Gov. Murphy to sign it into law immediately. The suffering is clear, and hundreds of thousands of immigrants will be aided in this state if we pass this critical measure.”

Despite their contributions, undocumented immigrants are ineligible for unemployment insurance, TANF, SNAP, and most other safety net programs. In addition, the federal CARES Act stimulus payments excluded undocumented immigrant taxpayers and their US citizen spouses and children.


Endorsing organizations for the Recovery for All campaign include:

1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East


Action Together New Jersey

Advocates for Children of New Jersey

African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey

African Diaspora for Justice

American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey

American Friends Service Committee

Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey

Bangladeshi American Women’s Development Initiative


Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers

Casa de Esperanza

Casa Freehold

CATA – The Farmworker Support Committee

Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War

Council for Faith in Action, Unitarian Universalist Church of Washington Crossing

Faith In New Jersey

First Friends of NJ & NY

Food & Water Action

Greater Red Bank Women’s Initiative

Hudson County Central Labor Council

IFPTE Local 194

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

Latino American Democratic Association (LADA)

Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund

Latino Action Network

Laundry Workers Center

Laura Cohen, Distinguished Clinical Professor of Law, Rutgers Law School


LUPE Foundation

Make the Road New Jersey

National Action Network

National Day Laborer Organizing Network

National Domestic Workers Alliance

Neighborhood Assistance Office

New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice

New Jersey Citizen Action

New Jersey Coalition of Latino Pastors and Ministers

New Jersey Consortium for Immigrant Children

New Jersey Education Association

New Jersey Policy Perspective

New Jersey Working Families

New Labor

NJ Coalition to End Domestic Violence

Our Revolution Essex County

Our Revolution Monmouth

Our Revolution New Jersey

Our Revolution Ocean County

People Demanding Action, NJ

Robbinsville Democratic Club

RWDSU Local 108

RWDSU Local 262

Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey


Unidad Latina en Acción

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County

Unitarian Universalist Faith Action

Victoria Foundation

Wind of the Spirit Immigrant Resource Center

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