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Montclair Mayor Sean Spiller. (Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Spiller says Montclair will take Afghan refugees

By David Wildstein, August 25 2021 9:36 am

Montclair Mayor Sean Spiller said that his township is ready to embrace Afghan refugees and said he’d support a council resolution that affirms community support for Afghan resettlement.

“Montclair is a caring, welcoming community. Our diversity is our strength. Opening our arms to these brave Afghan refugees is a simple choice. Our values demand nothing less,” Spiller said. “This is a moment to demonstrate what we stand for by lending a hand to those who stood with us.”

Spiller said he will consult with state and federal officials over the next few weeks.

“It’s critical that the United States and the State of New Jersey accept our Afghan allies and provide them an opportunity to make a new life in America,” he said.  “It’s who we are as a country, and it makes us stronger.”

Montclair is an established “Welcoming Community” for immigrants.  As a councilman in 2017, Spiller voted with a majority for the measure.

“Leaving one’s homeland is a decision that no one makes lightly. The events of the last few weeks have forced thousands of Afghans to make that difficult choice,” the mayor said.

Spiller, who ascend to one of the most powerful posts in the state next month as the new president of the New Jersey Education Association, was elected mayor in 2020.

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