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Despite language and cultural barriers, Latinos and Muslims in Elizabeth forge civil relations
Muslims are among Elizabeth’s newest groups, with many longtime residents saying they began moving to this mostly immigrant city about 15 years ago.
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A vehicle rolls by in front of the First American Fried Chicken restaurant, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, in Elizabeth, N.J. The Elizabeth establishment and the apartment above are tied to Ahmad Khan Rahami, who was arrested as a suspect in the weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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U.S. Rep. Albio Sires, center left, D-8th District, N.J., answers a question as he stands outside the First American Fried Chicken restaurant Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, in Elizabeth, N.J. The Elizabeth establishment and the apartment above are tied to Ahmad Khan Rahami, who was arrested as a suspect in the weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey. Sires says Rahami contacted him in 2014 about help with his wife immigrating to the U.S. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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Christian Bollwage, second from right, mayor of Elizabeth, N.J., talks to women near the First American Fried Chicken restaurant, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, in Elizabeth, N.J. The Elizabeth establishment and the apartment above are tied to Ahmad Khan Rahami, who was arrested as a suspect in the weekend bombings in New York and New Jersey. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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FBI agents walk around the roof outside an apartment during an investigation at a building Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in Elizabeth, N.J. FBI agents are searching the apartment that is tied to Ahmad Khan Rahami, wanted for questioning in the New York City bombing. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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Elizabeth NJ. Mayor J. Christian Bollwage answers a question as he stands not far from where police and officials gathered at a building early Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in Elizabeth, N.J. The Elizabeth apartment is tied to a man wanted for questioning in the New York City bombing. Ahmad Khan Rahami has lived at that address in Elizabeth. He is a naturalized citizen from Afghanistan, the FBI said. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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Police and officials gather in the doorway of a building on Elmora Avenue early Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in Elizabeth, N.J. A suspicious device found in a trash can near a train station exploded early Monday as a bomb squad was attempting to disarm it with a robot, officials said. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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(Fried chicken restaurant owned by the parents of Ahmad Rahami's parents in Elizabeth New Jersey (Photo: Elizabeth Llorente/Fox News Latino))

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(Alina Alvarez recalls when she was one of the few Hispanics in Elizabeth.(Photo: Elizabeth Llorente/Fox News Latino))

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(Elizabeth Latinas who were customers of First American Fried Chicken, watching police activity from across the street from the store. L to r--Olga Davila, Berta Quintero, Piedad Bolanos. (Photo by Elizabeth Llorente/Fox News Latino) )

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(Elizabeth and state Muslim leaders hold press conference to condemn terrorism and to say local suspect's actions should not cast a cloud over their community. (Photo by Elizabeth Llorente/Fox News Latino))

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(George Castro has seen the Latino community mushroom over the decades. (Photo by Elizabeth Llorente/Fox News Latino))

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(Erik Munoz, whose father is Palestinian and mother is Ecuadorian. (Photo by Elizabeth Llorente/Fox News Latino))

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(Nawaz Sheikh, president of mosque where suspect's father is a board member. (Photo by Elizabeth Llorente/Fox News Latino) )

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(One of many Latino businesses on Morris Avenue, once mainly Colombian but now a hub for Latinos of many different origins. (Photo by Elizabeth Llorente/Fox News Latino))

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(Talking to media about when suspect reached out to his office in 2014 for passport help.(Photo by Elizabeth Llorente/Fox News Latino))

Despite language and cultural barriers, Latinos and Muslims in Elizabeth forge civil relations

Muslims are among Elizabeth’s newest groups, with many longtime residents saying they began moving to this mostly immigrant city about 15 years ago.

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