They come from everywhere: the almost 22 percent of New Jersey residents who are foreign-born. With your generous backing, NJ Spotlight and the partners of the Center for Cooperative Media will cut through the political rhetoric and tell stories of what it’s like for the nearly 2 million immigrants who live in our most diverse and densely populated state.

This project is a collaborative effort coordinated by NJ Spotlight and the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University. In the Shadow of Liberty seeks to bring together ethnic, community, and statewide media outlets for a year-long reporting focus on immigrants, immigrant communities, and immigration issues in New Jersey.

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