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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Homeless In New Jersey

The Associated Press reports that long-term encampments from the woods of southern New Jersey to the congested northern end of the state house an increasing number of immigrant day laborers who are joining the ranks of the state’s homeless.

In northern New Jersey, more than 100 homeless immigrant day laborers were found to be camping out in a North Bergen graveyard.

Authorities cleared out a homeless encampment beneath a highway overpass in Passaic that was divided into sections labeled "USA" and "Mexico."

Near the Jersey shore, authorities recently removed occupants of two homeless tent cities — known locally as "the people in the woods."

The camps were set up next to each other — one primarily a "local" camp and another populated by Mexican day laborers.

David Jones, a Lakewood native who lived in the local camp for years, said officials mostly left them alone until the immigrant camp sprung up.

"My personal feeling is that they attacked the Mexican site first to try and knock the homeless population down," he said.

Local homeless people marveled at the Mexican camp because it had a chicken coop for fresh eggs, a communal outdoor kitchen fueled by propane gas, and large garden full of fresh vegetables, including tall stalks of corn.
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