New Jersey Muslim Mayor Declares His Borough a Sanctuary

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The Syrian-born mayor of New Jersey’s Prospect Park has signed his own executive order making the borough a sanctuary that will allow for all citizens to be given equal protections, regardless of their immigration status.

On Friday, Mayor Mohamed T. Khairullah enacted the order declaring the borough a sanctuary for immigrants.

Khairullah was born in Syria and fled the country at a young age, arriving in America in 1991. Ten years later he was elected the councilman for the Borough of Prospect Park and, later, became the mayor in 2006.

According to New Jersey.com, Mayor Khairullah said on Saturday, “It is important to me, as a person who came to the U.S as an immigrant, that we uphold our laws and values. The U.S is the land of opportunity and dreams for many people all over the world.”

His executive order reads, “No department, committee, agency, commission, officer or employee of the Borough of Prospect Park shall use any Borough funds or resources to assist in the enforcement of Federal Immigration Law.”

Khairullah is not worried about losing federal funding, stating, “We are in a unique position that we don’t rely on federal funding. Even if we were in that position, we would try to figure something out.”

Two other New Jersey city mayors, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, have also voiced that they will protect immigrants in their respective cities.

The Borough of Prospect Park is now a sanctuary for its 5,865 residents, of which approximately one-third are foreign-born.

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