Two Passaic County freeholders want New Jersey to continue to welcome refugees from Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East, even if Gov. Chris Christie and President-elect Donald Trump plan to stop them.
About 15 families have already settled in Paterson, which has an established Arab-American community. Freeholders Assad Akhtar and John Bartlett say refugees trying to enter the United States are peaceful people seeking a better life for their children. They must also go through an extensive screening process.
The Djougal family, now living in Paterson, began their journey after a son, Mohammed, 12, lost a leg and arm in an attack in Syria. They spent time in Turkey before they were able to move to New Jersey. Marwan Djougal said his son almost died from his injuries.
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