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The War on Terror Is a War on Minnesota's Peaceful, Entrepreneurial Somali Immigrants

Minnesota's Somali communities have become domestic fronts ... such meeting telling the Somalis in attendance that they should welcome FBI agents into their homes as long as they have nothing to hide. "Somebody else had to go up there and immediately ...

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Eric Boehm | January 3, 2018 $('a[href^="mailto"]').click(function() { // captures just the body text (by removing everything earlier in the link), which for us is the url being shared. _gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'email', 'shared', this.href.replace(/^.*body=/i, ')]); }); EMAIL SHARE Facebook Twitter Tumblr StumbleUpon Digg Delicious Reddit Google Linkedin Kindle PRINT When Abdirahman Kahin landed in the United States in 1997, he only knew a handful of peopleHe pooled his money with a few other Somali refugees who landed the same day in AtlantaThey rented a van, pointed the steering wheel north and headed for Minnesota, a strange land nothing like their former home. RELATED ARTICLES Brickbat: Mum's the Word Charles Oliver|12.25.17 Report All Inappropriate Christmas Decorations to the Proper Authorities Christian Britschgi|12.20.17 Brickbat: No Bad Dog Charles Oliver|12.12.17 MORE ARTICLES BY Eric Boehm Want More Jobs? Fight Occupational Licensing! 12.10.17 6:00 am Taxes, But for Uber 12.01.17 12:00 pm Nothing Good to Eat? Blame Immigration Restrictions. 11.24.17 6:00 am Minnesota Twenty years after fleeing war and famine in Somalia, Kahin is peacefully feeding hundreds of Minnesotans every dayHe's the owner of The Afro Deli, a successful restaurant that he opened in 2010 after more than a decade of working low-paying jobsHe serves Somali food, but made "Minnesota spicy" as a concession to the stereotypically Nordic tastes of many MidwesternersThe restaurant, Kahin says, is a bridge between cultures. But his big smiles and delicious food belie the difficulties that Kahin and others like him have faced in coming to America and building a life hereHe has a classic immigrant success story, one that has been replicated for centuries as waves of foreigners seek a better lifeBut he worries that America is now making it harder than ever for others to follow in his footsteps.

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