Syrian couple: Refugees come 'to seek safety, not to make problems'

MADISON -- The effects of President Donald Trump's executive order are being felt by Syrian refugees who already live in America.

Abdul and Rula are likely one of the last Syrian refugee families to make it to Wisconsin. They did not share their last name, because they have family left behind. They landed in Madison the day of President Trump's inauguration, and shared through a translator their message to Americans.

"They run away from the war, from the terrorist, and they came here to seek safety, not to make problems," said translator Maysoun Chablout.

A total of three Syrian refugee families are being helped by the Jewish Social Services of Madison. Leaders with the program tell TODAY'S TMJ4  a third family was supposed to have arrived in Madison in March but their plans have been suspended indefinitely.

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