Somalis engaged in Minneapolis politics

  • Article by: Abdi G. Elmi
  • Updated: April 29, 2013 - 11:24 AM

Are members of the media ready to recognize the community’s integration with its new society?

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luzhishenApr. 28, 13 6:02 PM

Good editorial. Every immigrant group I am familiar with - and that includes the various English ones - has had to grapple with political structures that differ from the ones they left behind. The fact that DFL Somalis may be more conservative on some issues than others should come as no surprise, given the rural-urban DFL splits on issues like guns, abortion, and gay rights. It is curious to see the Star-Tribune and others make news out of differences in dress, some religion-based...I don't recall reporting on any other group in politics that does the same. If I'm wrong, provide the link to the article.

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selfempmomApr. 28, 1310:47 PM

I am a minority and my kids’ father immigrated here from Africa - but more of a progressive part. Somalia has beautiful and smart people but many of their values differ from most countries throughout the world. Look at their country and their chaotic state. Look at Mexico. America is a melting pot, but it did it over years and also most immigrants came from countries with similar values, e.g., religion - even if some were more extreme than others. Also, Somalia and Mexico are war torn and/or drug infested. I support immigration, but this is an example that things need to occur slowly. This event was a disaster, an embarrassment, but a true reflection of what is to come. I am somewhat regretting voting for Obama and Dayton due to immigration and the stadium bill.

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pumiceApr. 29, 13 6:24 AM

TAKE THREE from the article: "But you’d think the election were tomorrow if you could listen to Somalis talking in the coffee shops where they gather after long days of work." Sounds as if the Somalis you know have fully assimilated, Abdi G. Elmi. Congratulations to them and to us!

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basia2186Apr. 29, 1312:04 PM

Voter I.d. and no welfare benefits for immigrants that are not citizens comes to mind. I have had 10+ years of experience working with the new immigrants and it's time they moved on from the west bank and section 8.self-sufficiency must be required.

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Rapid1Apr. 29, 13 1:21 PM

Abdi,I too share your praise for the officers beautiful words. Can you please clarify how your sentiment of "Unity among Somali-Americans so THEY can work towrd a strengthening of our forces" reflect the officers words?

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mplsjoejoApr. 30, 13 9:57 AM

Basia2186, if you really have spent 10 + years working with new immigrants than you would know the difference between a refuge immigrant and an immigrant. Non-refuge and Non-Asylum Immigrants are not allowed to receive any governmental assistance in any form. If they do their immigration status can be revoked.

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selfempmomApr. 30, 13 1:34 PM

mplsjoejo: But they don't because the have kids here. 1). Minnesota Emergency rooms can't refuse care to anyone based on citizenship status. It is the law. 2). Kids have a right to eat in the U.S. (maybe not in Somalia but here they do), so they will receive benefits. There are many loopholes in the welfare system. Visit childrens hospital er sometimes in Minneapolis and count how many Somali familes you see. This is also a very expensive way to issue medical care at the tax payers cost.

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