TRENTON, NJ --  the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders unanimously approved a resolution that supports the decision of Governor Phil Murphy and County Executive Brian M. Hughes to continue welcoming refugees who are fleeing harm and seeking safety. The vote came at their meeting on January 23

“I applaud both Governor Murphy and County Executive Hughes for making it clear that the State of New Jersey and Mercer County have been and will continue to be welcoming to refugees. Refugees are people fleeing the direst of circumstances, and I think we have a responsibility to do what we can to help them,” said Freeholder Chairman Andrew Koontz.

On September 26, 2019, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order requiring states and local governments to provide written consent authorizing the initial resettlement of refugees into their respective communities.   In response to it, Governor Phil Murphy and County Executive Brian Hughes quickly provided written consent allowing for the continued resettlement of refugees in their jurisdictions.

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