Spiller says Montclair will welcome Afghan refugees
Montclair Mayor Sean Spiller said his township is ready to welcome Afghan refugees and said he would support a council resolution affirming community support for the resettlement of Afghans.
“Montclair is a caring and welcoming community. Our diversity is our strength. Opening our arms to these brave Afghan refugees is a simple choice. Our values demand nothing less, ”said Spiller. “Now is the time to demonstrate what we stand for by reaching out to those who have supported us. “
Spiller said he would consult with state and federal authorities over the next few weeks.
“It is essential that the United States and the State of New Jersey accept our Afghan allies and give them the opportunity to rebuild their lives 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 city councilor in 2017, Spiller voted by majority for the measure.
“Leaving one’s homeland is a decision no one takes lightly. The events of the past few weeks have forced thousands of Afghans to make this difficult choice, ”the mayor said.
Spiller, who ascends to one of the state’s most powerful positions next month as the new president of the New Jersey Education Association, was elected mayor in 2020.