After Trump attack, a defense of fellow Minnesotans

Donald Trump’s broadside against Somali immigrants in Minnesota is reminiscent of a similar attack he delivered a few months ago in Maine, an attack that prompted the decent people of Maine to rally around their fellow citizens.

“Here in Minnesota, you’ve seen firsthand the problems caused with faulty refugee vetting, with large numbers of Somali refugees coming into your state without your knowledge, without your support or approval, and with some of them then joining ISIS and spreading their extremist views all over our country and all over the world,” he told his supporters inside a Sun Country Airlines hangar on Sunday, referring primarily to the September attack at a St. Cloud shopping mall.

“Everybody’s reading about the disaster taking place in Minnesota,” he said.

Those Somalis.

In a Facebook post, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges shoved right back.


Former Mayor R.T. Rybak followed with his own blast…


As did Sen. Al Franken…

Beyond that, however, Minnesota’s response has been comparatively quiet.

On the day after Trump delivered his anti-Somali attack in Portland, Maine, in August, the state’s leading newspaper was not silent on its editorial page.

Mr. Trump can relax. We know who they are. They are our neighbors and our friends. Some of them work in our schools and hospitals. Some are students. Some own businesses. They pay taxes, which are used for, among other things, maintaining the stage from which he spoke.

Among the Portland residents of Somali descent that Trump wants us to fear is Officer Zara Abu of the Portland Police Department. She was born in a refugee camp in Kenya, worked two jobs to get through college, and now protects and serves her community.

Trump tried to suggest that immigrants like Officer Abu are responsible for “many, many crimes,” but he has no evidence to back that up. Every ethnic group includes individuals who break the law, but solid research shows that native-born Americans are more likely to commit crimes than the people who move here from other countries. Trump’s libelous insinuations are just an attempt to boost his standing by dividing the rest of us.

This morning, there is no similar editorial rebuke being offered in any Minnesota newspaper.

  • Sam M

    I’m sad that 40% of Minnesotans will vote for that garbage he is spewing or at the very least the man spewing it. I’m an embarrassed Rebublican.

    • Kassie

      I’ve got to imagine there are A LOT of embarrassed Republicans. Maybe after the election some of the Republican leadership in the State will lead the way in healing some of the damage that has been done? I hope so.

    • Mike

      The Republican Party has been spewing racist garbage since the Nixon era at least, though previously doing it in more sophisticated ways. Trump has simply torn the mask off. That’s no improvement, of course, but the idea that this all started with Trump is mythology.

      • Sam M

        Were they running presidential campaigns on it though?

        • Mike

          Read up about Nixon’s Southern Strategy in the wake of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Reagan’s catering to the white supremacist vote in the 1980s, and most explicitly, George H.W. Bush’s “Willie Horton” ad from 1988.

          • Sam M

            Yeah in my eyes they don’t rise to level that Trump has taken the rhetoric to.

            No party is perfect so just keep that in mind.

            Thanks for the information though.

          • Veronica

            Or watch the Netflix documentary “Thirteenth”.

  • Dan

    “Everybody’s reading about the disaster taking place in Minnesota,” he said.

    I honestly don’t understand what he was doing here so close to the election. Maybe this is the explanation; people elsewhere in the country talk about the Minnesota Somali community with bigotry and fear, and he’s hoping to foment and capitalize on it elsewhere.

    That, or his team is reading different polls than I am.

    • He was getting on the news. And it worked. He led all the newscasts.

    • jon

      Last time I had some one I know overseas asking me about something they read about MN it was about the article comparing the economy of MN and WI, that was probably over a year ago now…

      They really just wanted to know if it was a fair assessment that MN was really doing that much better than WI because of Dayton instead of Walker… (it wasn’t a completely fair assessment, MN had some advantages going into the recovery that WI didn’t…)

  • Joe Palyka

    So glad Trump has the guts to say what others won’t. The Somalis aren’t our neighbors. They refuse to assimilate. They’re costing Minnesotans millions of tax dollars with special programs and welfare.

    • // They refuse to assimilate.

      You mean like running for office and getting elected? Serving in the U.S. military? Becoming citizens of the United States and swearing allegiance to it?

    • Jerry

      Do you spend a lot of time around Somalis? Do you have any idea what you are talking about?

    • >>They’re costing Minnesotans millions of tax dollars with special programs and welfare.<<

      "Refugees receive a federal loan for travel expenses to the United States, but must pay it back in three years. They receive a one-time federal grant of $1,125 to cover housing and initial expenses.

      After that, refugees can apply for and receive the same financial assistance programs as anyone else, if they are eligible. There’s an application process that includes verifying the person’s identity, income, assets and family.”

      “One of the questions from the public was whether refugees are entitled to any special benefits. Sizer said the only one is the refugee cash assistance program, which is federally funded and covers newly arrived refugees’ household, transportation, clothing and other needs for up to eight months.”

      (Emphasis mine)

      • Kassie

        They also get Refugee Medical Assistance for 8 months regardless of income. So there are two Federal benefits, not just one.

    • Sam M

      I have neighbors that are Somali and I live in the grand sprawl that is the suburbs. Maybe you need to get out more.

      Please enlighten us with some facts and figures on how they are draining our tax dollars.

    • raflw

      I’m Swedish-American (first gen. on my mom’s side). I have friends here in the T.C. who are Hmong-American, Korean-American, African-American, Italian-American, etc. Your claim that Somalis ‘refuse to assimilate’ strikes me as quite ignorant of the immigrant experience, whatever the land of origin.

      Many Somalis are recent arrivals and are doing what any new community does, just trying to find a space and path to settle in. It takes time to gain English fluency. It takes time to understand a new culture, particularly if one arrives out of a refugee experience (ie: not at all what my Swedish mom lived).

      Back in the 90s I used to bowl at the Midway Pro Bowl in St. Paul in a Friday league. Every week there was our (mostly white, mixed blue collar and office worker) ‘commercial’ league, a Hmong League, and an LGBT league. We all got along and eventually a Hmong guy joined our team when one of our regulars quit. His parents barely spoke English, but he was a 20-something Midway bowler!

      This was when there was a lot of heated rhetoric about Hmong gangs and that generation’s “assimilation problems”. A couple generations ago in NYC or Milwaukee, it was Italians who “didn’t fit in” and were called all sorts of terrible things.

      Joe, you don’t have to play out the same anti-immigrant script that has been used against so many other now-American Americans. We can do better at welcoming new neighbors Many Minnesotans do.

    • LilAsil

      That is false in so many ways and highlights your ignorance of our government systems and programs.

    • Jerry

      I have heard this argument before, that it is okay to discriminate against a group of immigrants because they “refuse to assimilate”. I’m sure that is an honest expression of your emotion, but I don’t think it is a very compelling argument. After all, people who are not like us still deserve our respect.

      I have a bigger theory about this argument. I think it comes around when a person knows they dislike a group of people, and then starts to ask him or herself why that is. This line about “refusing to assimilate” probably feels like the root of that anger, and it very well may be. But I think “refuse to assimilate” really means “continue to be different from me”, with a strange implication that that is their fault, as if they have made a conscious decision to continue to be different.

      Maybe I’m wrong and this is all a straw man argument, but I can’t see what else the phrase can mean.

    • X.A. Smith

      You ever hear of a place called “little Italy?”

      • RBHolb

        Or Oslo, Minnesota, where they celebrate Syttende Mai (the national holiday of Norway) every year?

        • Jerry

          Or New Ulm, where they built a statue in honour of terrorist.

      • Mike Worcester

        Our state is *full* of monuments, markers, plaques, etc, to the many ethnic groups that made our state great. Eventually we will see those for the Hmong, Somalis, and so on who have helped continue our state’s greatness, yes?

        • X.A. Smith

          I don’t understand your reply. I think I agree with you.

    • naibrobi

      Dear Joe Palyka, As a Somali immigrant, my mom and I came to the USA with visa and none of us was illegible for government assistance. Btw, I have been working at my current job for the past 14yrs and I’m in managerial position now. I’m also a graduate student in one of MnSCU. I live in the suburb around the TC with my wife and kids who all attend the nearest public school. I thought we already assimilated, you tell me if not.

      • BReynolds33

        I, honestly, would prefer you not assimilate. Be unique. Be different. Challenge the status quo. Never, ever allow those around you to make you feel lesser, and always be true to yourself.

        If you can do those things, we will assimilate to you. Our country always has. We will again.

        • naibrobi

          Thanks, greatly appreciate your feedback. I assimilated meaning that I work hard to support my family, get educated, and raised my kids in a safe neighborhood and be part of the community we live in. On the other hand, we’re still Somalis, my wife wears Hijab, we play soccer and we speak Somali at home while eating spaghetti with banana.

      • Fred, Just Fred

        Two years ago, “naibrobi” said: “Since there is exceptionally illegal speech in the US. hate speech, there is also logic just to extend this existing law to not draw Prophet Mohamed.”

        There is no such law. “Hate speech” however you or anyone else wants to define it, is protected by the US Constitution, as is our right to draw pictures of anyone we want. People have immersed Christian crucifix’s in urine, smeared statues of the Virgin Mary in feces and called it art. It’s all protected, bro.

        Two years ago “naibrobi” also said: “I don’t see Hamas hiding behind women and children here, but fighting like real fighters.”

        HAMAS is recognized by the US as a terrorist group. We don’t support terrorists in America.

        Assimilation means more than taking advantage of our education, more than going tubing, or bowling, or being voted “homecoming queen”.

        Assimilation means defending our Constitution, and our country, against all enemies, internal or external. You down with us?

        • naibrobi

          Fred, Can you please make comment that relates to the subject matter so I can respond appropriately? Thanks,

          • Fred, Just Fred

            The subject you were addressing was assimilation. I’ve provided some of your background and some of my observations. Seems pretty simple, but I’ll expound further.

            As US citizens, we support the US Constitution. There is an observed separation of state and religion. Sometimes those things can work together in ways we don’t like, but we have to accept it.

            Do you accept that?

            And again, HAMAS has been declared a terrorist organization by the US (as well as by EU, Israel and Canada). You made a statement that appears to support them, but I could be reading it wrong. Do you support HAMAS?

          • BReynolds33

            Not all US citizens support the Constitution, including most levels of government and those who enforce the rule of those levels of government.

          • Ben

            I’m not ever gonna say who someone else supports or doesn’t support, but I’m pretty sure the Constitution defends my right or nairobi’s right to say I support Hamas or whatever group I want to support.

        • BReynolds33

          Assimilation means no such thing, except maybe to you.

          The dictionary definition is: “the process of adapting or adjusting to the culture of a group or nation, or the state of being so adapted.”

          There is no requirement in our culture to defend the Constitution, nor our country, against anyone. Millions of Americans go their entire lives without ever having served in any capacity to defend the nation or having ever actually read the Constitution. And they were born here. Are they not assimilating?

          Why do you get to define assimilation? Who appointed you the Director of Assimilation?

        • Rob

          I believe Khizr Khan was totally down with it.

    • Rob

      The Somalis are my neighbors, and that’s a very cool thing. Oh, wait! – I’m glad you’re not my neighbor.

    • Kyle MacDonald Samejima

      They’re my neighbors and coworkers and fellow students and represent an array of personalities and aspirations and qualities good and bad, like any group of people.

    • Kyle MacDonald Samejima

      My mother had friends when she was little that were not allowed to play with Italian children because they were immigrants and not of their “class”. Guess this has been going on for awhile in this country, but it sure would be nice if we could mature past it.

  • raflw

    I think Speaker Daudt, Rep Paulsen and the rest of the MN GOP should feel deep shame for their connection to Trump. His visit has made the GOP vision for America and Minnesota a very stark contrast from who we are and who we want to be.

    • Ben

      Your comment made me wonder, were there any MN politicians at this rally?

      • Veronica

        Emmer introduced him.

        • Rob

          That figures.

  • Mike Worcester

    //This morning, there is no similar editorial rebuke being offered in any Minnesota newspaper.

    I noticed that also. Unfortunate that the pages of FB were the vehicle by which the counter weight had to come from.

  • naibrobi

    As a Somali and proud Minnesotan, reading the comments made me even prouder thanks to the amazing and great fellow Minnesotans who welcomed us to their neighbors, schools, streets, public parks, workplaces and everywhere in the State. We, Somali-Minnesotans will not forget your support. Thank you very much – May God bless Minnesota, May God bless the USA.

  • Daniel

    My neighbors in Burnsville were Somali, and they were the first kids on the block with an Xbox360. Both of the brothers were similar in age with my brother and I. We would all play Halo 3 until our sides were split, and our laughter so loud we had to snicker in silence throughout the nights. Their moms yelled at them for playing too many video games like my mom. The similarities trump the differences (trump pun not intended)

    • Daniel Heu

      >>>Their mom*** yelled

    • Ben

      I love this comment.

    • Kyle MacDonald Samejima

      Great story!

  • Sue

    Wow! this is so sad.

    My daughter works at an establishment where she serves mostly people from Somali and of East African descent. This was what she said this morning:

    “….I have the privilege to work in a community that is almost entirely Somali and East African, and I can say that as a community,…..we are lucky to have such kind, intelligent and welcoming people.”

    It makes me so sad to hear the way one person can disparage a whole group of people with no regard to the truth.

  • LilAsil

    For me it felt more like when that loud bully on the playground starts calling everyone names but folks are so over it that they just ignore him; in the end it’s just a lonely kid who hates himself spewing nonsense in the foursquare court with one or two lackey’s mumbling “yeah” behind him while everyone else is playing kickball.

  • Nato Coles

    Rybak/Omar in 2024!!! (Or Omar/Rybak…!)

  • BReynolds33

    I don’t want the Somalis to assimilate. I don’t want the Irish to assimilate. I don’t want anyone, from anywhere, to assimilate. We are made better by differing views and cultures. We are made better by diversity making us stronger, and by learning when we are exposed to new and exciting things.

    Please, I beg all of you from cultures other than my own stereotypical white suburban upbringing… never assimilate. Be yourselves. As I mentioned in another comment, we will assimilate to you. We always have, and we will again.

    • LilAsil

      To go further, perhaps rather than anyone assimilating it can be “OK” to consciously exist in a shared place with a basic set of shared values (the Constitution should suffice nicely) and live out our differences in a way that shows pride for ourselves, others, the similarities and the differences. Respecting the both is when we move forward, together.

      • BReynolds33

        I’m in. Where do I sign up?

        • LilAsil

          I’m not sure but I think we already did – it’s just that there aren’t any directions or handbook…life is hard, we all need an extended vacation!

    • Radioedit

      You couldn’t possibly be more misguided. For most of our history, we strongly stressed assimilation for new immigrants. That’s how and why we were able to successfully create a nation of immigrants that was nonetheless cohesive and functional.

      This all changed in the 1960’s. Now we embrace “multiculturalism.” A system that is designed to produce ethnic tension, social fragmentation, and mutual alienation. Multiculturalism has never worked and never will. Every single time the issue has been studied it was found that multiculturalism destroys social cohesion and leads to reduced support for public welfare programs.

      • What you describe as the turning point also happens to be the point where new immigrants were more often non-white.

        And that’s the real issue . It’s not assimilitation. It’s the demise of Eurocentrism .

        Peter Skerry’s (Brookings) article on why assimilation and conflict go hand in hand gets to a more honest discussion:

        My point is that both sides of this debate ignore precisely what I am arguing—that assimilation and conflict go hand in hand. But there is another reason why we Americans have such difficulty confronting these conflicts. As I have already indicated, in today’s post-civil rights environment the problems and obstacles experienced by immigrants are now routinely attributed to racial discrimination. This racialization of immigration has fundamentally altered the contours of public discourse. On the one hand, because the accepted explanation for any negative response to immigrants is “racism,” many reasonable and fair-minded individuals who might otherwise be tempted to disagree with immigration enthusiasts have been scared away from the topic. On the other hand, because racialization posits a community of interest between black Americans and immigrants who are “people of color,” obvious competition and conflict between black Americans and immigrants (especially the sizable Hispanic population) have been downplayed, ignored, or simply denied. In other words, today’s post-civil rights ideology allows us to high-mindedly rule such group competition and conflict out of bounds—such that they are not topics suitable for serious inquiry.

        What can be done about this situation? To begin, we need to get beyond the romance of immigration enthusiasts as well as the melodrama of immigration alarmists. We need to introduce a sense of realism about how we think about these issues and to face up to the turmoil and strains that mass immigration imposes on our society, particularly in this postcivil rights era.

        • Radioedit

          Please don’t attempt to read my mind. You’re not very good at it.

  • gus

    Trump is all about fear and anger; fear of immigrants and anger that you’re not getting a fair deal. His statement about 600+ million immigrants if Clinton’s elected is a good example.

  • Reader

    Bob Collins:
    Where and when was the photo taken? Why was it chosen for this article?

    If the photo depicts a new citizen swearing in ceremony, as it seems, then pairing these happy Somali faces with Trump’s hateful message about them sends the message that the Somalis in the photo are showing support for this hateful message. Really?

    Did you want to influence your readers to think this? Or to be confused by the sloppy reporting?

    Please explain.

    • Dear Reader:
      You’re the only person, as far as I know, who thinks this picture could possibly represent that the people in it are showing support for Trump’s message. That’s my answer. The problem is in your set. One would have to be a fool to reach such a preposterous conclusion.

      Now this question: Why are you afraid to provide a real email address and post under your name?

  • Fred, Just Fred

    Let’s look at what Trump said, shall we?

    “Here in Minnesota, you’ve seen firsthand the problems caused with
    faulty refugee vetting, with large numbers of Somali refugees coming
    into your state without your knowledge, without your support or
    approval, and with some of them then joining ISIS and spreading their
    extremist views all over our country and all over the world,”

    So, first, “Somali” is not a race, it’s a ethnicity and a nationality. I know how much leftists love to sling around accusations of racism, but it’s not here.

    Next, I may be wrong, but I don’t think any citizen of Minnesota was consulted before Somali’s were relocated to the state; some would have approved, some not.

    And finally, I think it’s a proven fact that the Somali population has provided several recruits to ISIS. If I’m not mistaken, more US citizens have joined ISIS from Minnesota than anywhere else in the US, in fact.

    So, where has Trump said anything untrue?

    • LilAsil

      It’s that by failing to provide any factual context to his statements he takes a minuscule sample size and generalizes his own interpretation of the results to an entire population and beyond that, an entire state. Somali immigrants have been coming to Minnesota since the 80’s and 90’s, have been represented in our academic institutions, community businesses and politics for as long (Democrat and Republican alike).

      In that same way you could say the Mall of America being built where once a sports stadium stood means Minnesotans hate sports and are materially greedy – that may look factual at face value but would be a gross misrepresentation nonetheless.

    • Sam M

      Most of the Somali’s living in MN now have been here for a long time and they were actually raised here. How were we supposed to “vet” those children?

    • Rob

      We wouldn’t want to focus on the fact that thousands of Somali refugees are in Minnesota, living productive and law-abiding lives, looking for their own piece of the American Dream. That a mere handful of Somalis have joined ISIS doesn’t obviate that larger, much more important fact.
      And I’ve missed seeing your screeds, FFF. Keep those anti-leftist comments coming!

      • naibrobi

        Love the comment. Thanks,

      • Radioedit

        The real problems start with the second generation. That’s certainly been the case in Europe.

    • Luja6

      People in this country have the constitutional right to live where they choose.

  • LilAsil

    There’s a great quiz on Buzzfeed (I know, I know but hear me out) asking “Do you know more about America than Trump”. I don’t know if I was more surprised at how much I knew or disgusted that a man running for president doesn’t AND the general public accepts his bald-faced lies so willingly.

  • LifebloodMN

    If our elected leaders are unable to acknowledge the Jihadist problem in Minneapolis and greater Minnesota then what are we to do? Our leaders ‘reacted’ to Trump’s speech when they should be ‘acting’ to make our state and our country safer. What is being done to help our communities? There are federal programs and grants that are available, but what is being done locally?-seriously what are the state of Minnesota and our elected officials doing? Trump did not attack the Somali community, he simply expounded on the observations that there have been dozens of of convictions as well as dozens of individuals who have left the country to join Al-shabab. It’s scary and it is a disaster waiting to happen, again. Or we can count on luck, Good luck.

    • Look at Trump’s words again.

      “Here in Minnesota, you’ve seen firsthand the problems caused with faulty refugee vetting, with large numbers of Somali refugees coming into your state without your knowledge, without your support or approval, and with some of them then joining ISIS and spreading their extremist views all over our country and all over the world.”

      Somalis coming into your state without your approval? Support? And then he points out that SOME of THEM joined ISIS and extremist views. He was by no means limiting his concern to those who joined al shabab. He was concerned about Somalis coming to Minnesota.

      Also, maybe read this:

      • LifebloodMN

        And I do believe that the thousands of Somalis that enter our country every year should be properly vetted, is this too much to ask?

        MPR Article June 21, 2016 “Luger: Terror recruitment in Minnesota is real, must be checked”

        Some Twin Cities Somalis are “in denial” about the threat of terror recruitment and should work with law enforcement to fight the ongoing radicalization of their youth, U.S. Attorney for Minnesota Andy Luger said Tuesday.

        In his first interview since three Minneapolis men were convicted two weeks ago of trying to join ISIS extremists in Syria, Luger offered his strongest argument yet toward those who’ve criticized the FBI’s investigation and the U.S. attorney’s office prosecution.

        “You’ve got to admit the facts,” he told MPR News. “Denying terror recruiting, denying that it’s happening, and that it’s a crime and that it’s dangerous, is not going to get us where we need to go. We all need to agree on the basic facts. This happened.”

        Luger said he wants to prevent more Minnesotans from going to Syria to die for ISIS.”
        While the nation has recently seen fewer Americans leave for the Middle East to join ISIS, the FBI is continuing to investigate the flow of fighters from Minnesota, Thornton said.

        “Nationally the trend has slowed,” he said. “I wouldn’t necessarily draw that same conclusion here in Minnesota. There are active cases of individuals who have expressed a desire to travel and join ISIS overseas.”

        • // And I do believe that the thousands of Somalis that enter our country every year should be properly vetted, is this too much to ask?

          How are they “vetted” now?

          • LifebloodMN

            I have not read the latest additions to the “U.S. Refugee Admissions Program”. Homeland Security does not make all of their methods known to the general public. However, in order to begin to amend the program we must first acknowledge there are problems, which is something that our local government is unable to come to terms with. Once we can identify and acknowledge the problems, we can move to having a more complete discussion about ‘how’ and ‘what’ needs to be included in the screening process.

          • So you’re looking for a zero-risk immigration procedure?

          • LifebloodMN

            Yes, precisely. Remember, you can quantify risk. And I want risk as low as possible. Uncertainties will always be there- you can’t quantify uncertainties.
            Bring “Trust but verify” back

          • “zero” risk and “risk as low as possible” are not the same thing.

          • LifebloodMN

            Yes I am looking for zero-risk. I am seeking zero risk. I am on a quest for zero-risk

          • Rob

            You’re more likely to be struck by lightning than you are to be the victim of a terrorist attack. Deep breaths.

          • LifebloodMN

            It’s the government’s role to maintain the safety and well-being of both the citizens and the community. I’m not personally *afraid*, but I am concerned about the safety and well being of American citizens.
            The whole point is we can do better. We can all do better. We don’t and shouldn’t strive to be perfect- it’s impossible. But we can strive to be better every day. We must acknowledge there are shortfalls that need improving. We can do better.

          • Radioedit

            My issues with the ludicrously high rates of refugee resettlement in this state do not revolve around terrorism. They are far more pedestrian. I’m concerned about crime, social fragmentation and alienation, and the infusion of regressive social attitudes that inevitably follows when you import tens of thousands of religious fundamentalists into your communities.

          • Refugees and immigrants are not interchangeable terms.

          • Radioedit

            I never said they were. I have far less of an issue with regular immigration. People are generally only allowed in if they have some marketable skill and can offer something to our economy. Not so with refugees.

          • LifebloodMN

            Since we’re on the topic- “Emigrate” is not the same as migrate. (from your bio “about the the blogger”)

          • I consider the Bay State to be a separate country from Minnesota.

          • LifebloodMN

            Ha, funny. Language is important though. We can’t be particular about one term and so stringent about another. Someone with a differing opinion may consider a refugee to be an immigrant. Or someone may ask if you’re from Massachusetts, Spain. Regardless, emigrant and migrate are not interchangeable terms

          • For purposes of a political discussion on policies of entering the United States, there’s an important distinction between immigrant and refugee. The national policies are different toward each, for example. The qualifications for entering the country in the first place are different.

            For someone having a little fun with a bio on a blog, not so much on the language. It’s like Red Sox Nation. It’s not really a nation, you know.

          • Luja6

            Life is not zero risk. Never has been.

        • Luja6

          They are vetted. You might want to read up on the process refugees have to go through before being allowed to immigrate to the US.

      • Radioedit

        He’s right in saying that we were never consulted. My home town of St Cloud is rapidly transforming into New Mogadishu. The quality of life has dropped substantially and crime rates in Waite Park (which is the most heavily Somali) have shot through the roof.

        We didn’t use to have gun battles in the streets. We do now. I just thank god that I don’t own any property here, and I’ll be leaving at the nearest opportunity.

        • What keeps you here?

          • Radioedit

            My job mostly, but I’m searching and will have something better soon.

          • What do you do?

          • Radioedit

            What’s with all the personal questions?

          • Life stories and journeys are always interesting. You obviously want out. I’m curious about your life story and journey that leads you to where we you are now. If you don’t want to answer them, that’s fine. No worries.

  • MohamedAli

    I happen to be a Somali and a Minnesotan and willing to share my invitation to immigrate and settle here if Trump can produce his grandfather’s invitation or acceptance (long form!)from the Native Americans. Did the Native Americans issue a permit to settle his mother here? What about his wife? or foreign born wives and mistresses?

  • Cheryl Kohan

    Try as he might, Drumpf cannot squash the spirit of Minnesota. Way to go Mayors Hodges, Rybak and Senator Franken!!!

    • JamieHX

      I don’t know if you’ll see this any more, Bob, but just in case… why is this a great picture? I read the City Pages story and couldn’t find an answer to that question. Any picture of women in burqas (sp?) is horrifying to me.

  • DangerEducatedBlackMAle

    America, his rhetoric is very reminiscent of the Dictators we left behind in Africa and eerily similar to the hate spewed by the Nazi fascists in Europe. I am truly afraid.

  • It wasn’t Anti-Somali it was a speech against the refugee process and the largest group of refugees happen to be Somali. You have to look at the extreme percentage of crime caused by refugees and how refugees have changed some cities like Minneapolis for the worst. Crime has drastically risen in Minni and its a direct correlation with the intake of refugees who are not vetted out, documented properly, and go through the citizen and assimilation process. Somalians are welcomed here just like every other culture and Trump has made it clear that you are welcomed here if you follow the rules, become a citizen, and assimilate into our culture. Part of the problem is refugees and illegals refuse to adapt to our laws and cultures. How would you like it if you came home tomorrow from work and 5 people were in your house eating your food, trashing your house, inviting more friends over, driving your car, crashing your car, and repainting the walls. Thats what its like when those who come here undocumented with no intention of becoming American is like and they are doing a huge disservice to those like my family who immigrated the right way and became Americans and love America.