HIGHLAND PARK — Muslim, Jewish and Christian religious leaders gathered at the Reformed Church of Highland Park on Monday to push back against a rising tide of resistance to accepting Syrian refugees.
Even after the recent terrorist attacks in Paris this month, the United States needs to welcome more people fleeing from war and poverty in the Middle East, not fewer, said U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, who organized the event in the Second Avenue church’s auditorium, surrounded by supportive community members and posters that drove the point home: “OPEN THE DOORS.”
That’s a departure from the prevailing sentiment in the lower house of Congress, where Pallone (D-6th Dist.) represents a swath of Middlesex and Monmouth counties. The House voted last week to effectively halt the acceptance of Syrian refugees, with dozens of Democrats — not including Pallone — supporting the measure. The Paris attack was directed by the Islamic State terror group that controls a wide swath of Iraq and Syria; at least one attacker may have traveled to France disguised as a fleeing migrant, reports have said…read more.