A Syrian refugee family, who just arrived in Arizona last week, today celebrated their first Thanksgiving.
It wasn't a typical Thanksgiving in Scottsdale. The turkey was tofurkey. The host was a Jewish and vegan family.The guests have never heard of pumpkin pie or stuffing.
"Thanksgiving felt like the perfect opportunity to celebrate with refugees who just arrived a week ago," said Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz.
The Al-Wazer family of six fled Syria to Jordan four years ago, after six-year-old Taj and her mother were shot in front of their home. Still, the family comes to Arizona just as Governor Doug Ducey joins other leaders across the nation who are trying to block the arrival of any more Syrian refugees to their states, in light of terrorist attacks overseas.
"She just wants the American people to know that what you are fearing is what her family ran away from, and all her family wants is freedom...Just what you would want for your family, that's what they want," said a translator speaking for Noor Mussa, the mother of four.
Emad Al-Wazer, Syrian refugee and father of four, speaking through a translator, said he was extremely thankful to be in the country. His daughter, Taj, said she liked that in America nobody hurt her.
Through a translator she said "I love this country."
The Syrian American families who are helping the refugees expect to welcome 45 more refugee families in the next year. The Obama administration sent a letter to Governors, telling them they do not have the authority to reject Syrian refugees.