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small Minnesota town enriched by 4,000 new somali residents

https://www.minnpost.com/new-americans-greater-minnesota/201...
Brindle tank
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https://imgur.com/a/lArIM70 http://www.city-data.c...
charcoal center
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How can cutting in line be allowed anywhere
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  08/22/18
Minnesota Whitey is just supposed to sit there and passively...
Brindle tank
  08/22/18
ever been to Asia?
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No. Why would anyone get in line if everyone else is just go...
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Smells like mayo itt
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subhumans like Somalians and Jews think it's acceptable beha...
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buff menage
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Chinese and Indians are perhaps the worst about this.
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Germans as well
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Sickened Temple Really Tough Guy
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it cannot, unless the culture has some very fucked up princi...
floppy grizzly church building love of her life
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lol, have you ever seen an orderly line for food at an afric...
violent greedy shrine
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lmao Nice little town you got here...would be a shame if so...
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Territorial spot
  08/23/18
Where is the article from last year where they are terrorizi...
charcoal center
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what authority in the US decides where to dump 4000 somalis?...
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cq
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By the authority of Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota, t...
Brindle tank
  08/22/18
XO, how do we get rich off this?
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"which focus mainly on ensuring that their charges reta...
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  08/23/18
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Diversity. Strength.
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Hate Obama.
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"Hundreds of Somali refugees eventually flocked to Fari...
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(((GC))) at work
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jfc
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lol
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Thank God someone is thinking about the company’s struggle!
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disgusting
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reminder: Obama dumped 50,000 Congolese dindus in Montana
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https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/refugee-reset...
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Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service... LIARS? Simula...
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floppy grizzly church building love of her life
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Wait, that is what the “Faith Based Initiative” GWB created ...
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W, the gift that keeps on giving!
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a few random pics from faribault schools: http://p5cdn4st...
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They all seem happy, both minority & white
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Children are great and can all easily get along. Once they b...
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vibrant scourge upon the earth
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(Lib birdbrain)
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seems fine except for all that shit the girls have to wear
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kid in back right of pic 2 is just itching for a race war
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well thank god the population didn't stagnate or decrease w...
floppy grizzly church building love of her life
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Balkanazation is coming the US. This isnt going to end well.
violent greedy shrine
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What is the big bitch here? Did crime go up?
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We are wasting money and resources on people that aren't nat...
charcoal center
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Did crime go up?
hilarious aphrodisiac theater corn cake
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You asked for it Actually it measurably has gone up ht...
charcoal center
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Yeah, I did ask for it. It wasn't a rhetorical question. T...
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Why do you think things like this are being written about su...
charcoal center
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Resources that could have been used on our own citizens h...
charcoal center
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A tiny nothing town makes the top ten worst cities in the st...
charcoal center
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By up you mean Down?
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Compare to the rest of the state please https://www.cityr...
charcoal center
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Looks like Faribault was consistently worse than the rest of...
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They came in 1993
charcoal center
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http://www.citypages.com/news/are-somalis-increasing-crime-i...
floppy grizzly church building love of her life
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Looks like it’s gone down. What am I missing?
At-the-ready blue whorehouse
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You are missing the year the Somalis were introduced
charcoal center
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Article says town was 90% white in 2000. Stats start in 2002...
At-the-ready blue whorehouse
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I doubt they all came that long ago. Would think it likely t...
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I’m just trying to figure if this guy has any reason to be m...
At-the-ready blue whorehouse
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They came in 1993
charcoal center
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What were the numbers in 92?
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charcoal center
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https://imgur.com/a/lArIM70
charcoal center
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I can't read half of that but the crime index numbers I see ...
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Where did you go brother?
charcoal center
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Cr the eventual extinction of white culture and white phenot...
Jet-lagged Coiffed Pervert Chapel
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Derrrrr I wonder...
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Maybe there are more important questions here? Like did the ...
Cracking Institution Dingle Berry
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kikes will be burned alive for this one day
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Somalian women are sexy https://www.somalispot.com/threa...
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Not one darkie all almost look Indian or Egyptian
charcoal center
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LET. THEM. IN.
Free-loading telephone home
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Cool that's great then for the native Minnesota dudes who wi...
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Those are monkeys, shlomo
Jet-lagged Coiffed Pervert Chapel
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"The arrival of Somalis, in particular, significantly a...
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Looks like it https://mugshots.com/US-Counties/Minnesota/...
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Seems like the real story is being ignored then
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Will XO admit whites owning 95% of the farmland in Minnesota...
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Glad this thread took off. You could do similar piece on man...
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Date: August 22nd, 2018 9:13 PM
Author: Brindle tank

https://www.minnpost.com/new-americans-greater-minnesota/2018/08/rocky-beginning-growing-acceptance-somali-experience-faribau

The influx of Somali immigrants has allowed the city of 24,000 — located 50 miles south of the Twin Cities, in Rice County — to avoid the fate of so many other towns in Minnesota and throughout the Midwest, places that have seen their populations stagnate or decline.

Yet the demographic change initiated by that shift didn’t come without consequence, and it is only now, some residents say — after years of grappling with cultural and racial issues, and overwhelmed schools and social service programs — that those tensions are starting to fade away, as more and more native-born residents come to terms with the fact that Somali refugees are putting down permanent roots in Faribault.

The arrival of Somalis, in particular, significantly altered the city’s demographics. In 2000, whites made up 90 percent of Faribault’s population. Today, people of color make up more than 26 percent of the population, with blacks alone accounting for 9 percent of the city’s residents.

The change was even more dramatic in area schools. Today, students of color account for 53 percent of the student population at Faribault Public Schools, as detailed in a 2018 report by the Minnesota Department of Education.

It didn’t help that cultural conflicts often surfaced between native-born Americans and the newcomers — especially members of the Somali community. Groups of Somali men would often socialize standing on the sidewalks of downtown Faribault, for example, and would often casually sit or lean on parked cars. Or they’d be inconsiderate to passing pedestrians. Likewise, new refugees wouldn’t wait in line on busy days at grocery stores, gas stations or banks. Instead, they’d often cut in line to get what they needed.

None of those habits are particularly frowned upon in Somalia. But in Faribault, the practices frustrated native-born Americans, who saw Somali refugees as aggressive, rude and disrespectful toward others.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36666820)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 6:32 PM
Author: charcoal center

https://imgur.com/a/lArIM70

http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Faribault-Minnesota.html

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36673521)



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Date: August 22nd, 2018 9:15 PM
Author: Thriller maroon box office fortuitous meteor

How can cutting in line be allowed anywhere

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36666825)



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Date: August 22nd, 2018 9:16 PM
Author: Brindle tank

Minnesota Whitey is just supposed to sit there and passively-aggressively smile and take it doncha know.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36666830)



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Date: August 22nd, 2018 9:17 PM
Author: nubile area dog poop

ever been to Asia?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36666839)



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Date: August 22nd, 2018 9:18 PM
Author: Thriller maroon box office fortuitous meteor

No. Why would anyone get in line if everyone else is just going in front of you.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36666844)



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Date: August 22nd, 2018 9:21 PM
Author: bonkers degenerate address

Smells like mayo itt

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36666868)



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Date: August 22nd, 2018 9:25 PM
Author: Burgundy locus



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36666894)



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Date: August 22nd, 2018 10:12 PM
Author: zombie-like bat shit crazy senate marketing idea



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36667241)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 10:12 AM
Author: 180 Boistinker



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36670175)



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Date: August 26th, 2018 5:43 PM
Author: Translucent macaca



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36689686)



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Date: August 22nd, 2018 9:20 PM
Author: supple hairy legs

subhumans like Somalians and Jews think it's acceptable behavior

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36666862)



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Date: August 22nd, 2018 9:28 PM
Author: buff menage



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Date: August 22nd, 2018 10:12 PM
Author: zombie-like bat shit crazy senate marketing idea

Chinese and Indians are perhaps the worst about this.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36667244)



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Date: August 22nd, 2018 11:17 PM
Author: flushed ladyboy kitchen

Germans as well

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36667698)



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Date: August 26th, 2018 4:40 PM
Author: anal house twinkling uncleanness



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Date: August 22nd, 2018 10:30 PM
Author: Sickened Temple Really Tough Guy



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36667357)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 12:54 AM
Author: floppy grizzly church building love of her life

it cannot, unless the culture has some very fucked up principles

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36668422)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 1:23 AM
Author: violent greedy shrine

lol, have you ever seen an orderly line for food at an african refugee camp?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36668692)



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Date: August 22nd, 2018 9:16 PM
Author: provocative haunting parlor wrinkle

lmao

Nice little town you got here...would be a shame if something happened to it!

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36666829)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 1:38 PM
Author: Territorial spot



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36671440)



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Date: August 22nd, 2018 9:16 PM
Author: charcoal center

Where is the article from last year where they are terrorizing towns running dirt bikes through people's houses

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36666833)



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Date: August 22nd, 2018 9:18 PM
Author: Dark casino gaping

what authority in the US decides where to dump 4000 somalis? does the town (mayor or city council) get a say? do the people of the town get a say? like what the fuck

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36666843)



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Date: August 22nd, 2018 9:19 PM
Author: Cracking Institution Dingle Berry

cq

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36666849)



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Date: August 22nd, 2018 9:21 PM
Author: Brindle tank

By the authority of Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota, that's who!

But really no, locals get no say. There are nonprofits in the state that get paid a "handling fee" for successful refugee resettlements (LSS being a prime offender). They get federal $$$ and also usually state or local $$$ for "assisting" in refugee resettlements.

Locals get no say. Even symbolic gestures like the attempt of St. Cloud, MN to pass a symbolic city council resolution calling for a moratorium on refugee resettlement was shot down by screeching white-guilt libs.

Here is a good and fairly light reading description of the problem: https://cis.org/Religious-Agencies-and-Refugee-Resettlement

Since 1980, the new Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) in the U.S. State Department has referred individuals' files to one of 10 "voluntary agencies", or "volags", which in turn assign cases to local affiliate agencies. The majority of volags are religiously affiliated (see Table 1). Volags receive a Reception and Placement Grant from the PRM for each refugee they are assigned. Volags also collaborate with "mutual assistance associations", which focus mainly on ensuring that their charges retain strong ethnic and homeland ties.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) works further with volags and local affiliates, enrolling refugees in a broad range of welfare programs for which refugees automatically qualify after 30 days. They are not subject to the seven-year federal bar on welfare participation for immigrants, and those who naturalize remain eligible for welfare dependency beyond their first seven years here.

In addition to federal assistance, a number of state and local welfare programs also underwrite refugee resettlement in their locales. The system is structured so that it is in refugee assistance organizations' self-interest to get a refugee to a receiving locality, enrolled in public welfare programs, and move along to the next refugee. Similar to what happened to private charity when the government took over many of its functions (and became less effective and efficient as a result), a refugee assistance industry has built up around government-run refugee bureaucracies and funding streams.6 It resembles other conglomerations of associations, agencies, and professional pleaders focused full-time on protecting and expanding their share of the public till, from public housing advocates to lobbies surrounding each "human services" program.

Program "stakeholders" that receive millions of taxpayer dollars usually continue to receive funding year after year, with little accountability. These groups' mission becomes guarding the government golden goose rather than helping people achieve self-sufficiency or maximizing efficiency in usage of public money. This same phenomenon seems to have influenced the refugee resettlement industry, including its religious agencies.

The amount of funding up for grabs for refugee resettlement is significant. The Reception and Placement Grant was $900 per refugee assigned to a volag from 1980 until 2010. In 2010, the RPG level doubled to $1,800 per assigned refugee. A resettlement agency pockets $700 of each per-refugee grant.7 ORR further funds volags and affiliates through separate grant programs. Table 2 shows the amount of federal funding allotted to several of the private refugee resettlement organizations.

https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/refugee-resettlement-fact-sheets/

There are multiple ways for these VOLAGs to generate revenue from this program:

a. $1,850 per refugee (including children) from the State Department.

b. Up to $2,200 for each refugee by participating in a U.S. DHHS program known as Matching Grant. To get the $2,200, the Volag need only show it spent $200 and gave away $800 worth of donated clothes, furniture, or cars.

c. The Volag pockets 25 percent of every transportation loan it collects from refugees it “sponsors”.

d. All Volag expenses and overhead in the Washington, DC HQ are paid by the U.S. government.

e. For their refugee programs, Volags collect money from all federal grant programs – “Marriage Initiative,” “Faith-based,” “Ownership Society etc., as well as from various state and local grants.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36666866)



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Date: August 22nd, 2018 11:12 PM
Author: ungodly nibblets

XO, how do we get rich off this?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36667669)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 2:12 PM
Author: duck-like masturbator trailer park

"which focus mainly on ensuring that their charges retain strong ethnic and homeland ties."

LMAO WHAT THE FUCK

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36671680)



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Date: August 22nd, 2018 9:21 PM
Author: Claret indecent school boltzmann

democrats.org

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36666869)



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Date: August 22nd, 2018 9:20 PM
Author: Heady den



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Date: August 22nd, 2018 9:23 PM
Author: Costumed meetinghouse

Diversity. Strength.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36666881)



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Date: August 22nd, 2018 9:24 PM
Author: Arrogant Vigorous Filthpig Pisswyrm

Hate Obama.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36666886)



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Date: August 22nd, 2018 9:25 PM
Author: Geriatric navy legal warrant

"Hundreds of Somali refugees eventually flocked to Faribault for jobs the company had been struggling to fill after it had eliminated union positions and lowered employee wages."

I for one am thankful that someone showed up to take the low wage jobs before the company had to offer more!

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36666893)



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Date: August 22nd, 2018 9:26 PM
Author: buff menage

(((GC))) at work

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36666904)



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Date: August 22nd, 2018 11:08 PM
Author: Cracking Institution Dingle Berry

jfc

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36667634)



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Date: August 22nd, 2018 11:18 PM
Author: Free-loading telephone home

lol

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36667704)



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Date: August 22nd, 2018 11:18 PM
Author: slippery godawful feces legend



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 7:29 AM
Author: Slap-happy indian lodge

Thank God someone is thinking about the company’s struggle!

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36669451)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 10:13 AM
Author: 180 Boistinker

disgusting

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36670181)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 10:16 AM
Author: contagious cerise stage philosopher-king



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 1:42 PM
Author: Frum step-uncle's house



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 3:33 PM
Author: slate passionate fanboi reading party

this has to be a conservahero writing false flag flame (it is not)

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36672351)



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Date: August 26th, 2018 5:43 PM
Author: Translucent macaca



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Date: August 22nd, 2018 9:25 PM
Author: nubile area dog poop

reminder: Obama dumped 50,000 Congolese dindus in Montana

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36666896)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 12:31 AM
Author: Spectacular mint office



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Date: August 22nd, 2018 9:33 PM
Author: Brindle tank

https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/refugee-resettlement-fact-sheets/

Catholic Charities has grown into a huge $3.8 billion operation with more than 65,000 employees. Half of its funding–$2 billion–comes from the Federal Government, through the Office of Faith Based Initiatives. A portion that funding… estimated at in excess of $70 million, is part of the more than $1 billion the Federal Government Spends on the Refugee Resettlement program

As Refugee Resettlement Watch reported recently after examining FY 2012 annual reports of these five Christian non-profits, they would all be hurt severely if the $1 billion refugee resettlement gravy train ended for them:

98 percent ($69 million) of Catholic Charities $70 million refugee resettlement budget comes from the federal government.

60 percent ($45 million) of Church World Service’s entire $76 million budget comes from the federal government.

97 percent ($42 million) of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service’s $43 million budget comes from the federal government.

68 percent ($38 million) of World Relief’s $56 million budget comes from the federal government.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36666963)



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Date: August 22nd, 2018 10:27 PM
Author: Motley rehab

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service... LIARS?

Simulators not even trying anymore.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36667334)



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Date: August 22nd, 2018 10:29 PM
Author: charcoal center



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36667352)



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Date: August 22nd, 2018 11:09 PM
Author: Lake knife striped hyena



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36667645)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 2:24 AM
Author: floppy grizzly church building love of her life



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36669031)



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Date: August 22nd, 2018 11:14 PM
Author: honey-headed dashing public bath

Wait, that is what the “Faith Based Initiative” GWB created to win evangelicals was?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36667691)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 8:21 AM
Author: Histrionic nofapping sweet tailpipe

W, the gift that keeps on giving!

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36669664)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 1:39 PM
Author: Territorial spot



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36671449)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 1:56 PM
Author: arousing dopamine plaza



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36671595)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 4:08 PM
Author: Citrine stage



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36672566)



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Date: August 22nd, 2018 10:30 PM
Author: Fragrant Puce Regret

Enhance 224 to 176.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36667356)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 12:32 AM
Author: Aqua stead

18000000

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36668223)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 12:40 AM
Author: Adulterous racy mental disorder

a few random pics from faribault schools:

http://p5cdn4static.sharpschool.com/userfiles/servers/server_3060860/image/office/golden%20tray%20winner.png

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/jqwD-uR7q3g/maxresdefault.jpg

https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/southernminn.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/5/ba/5bae3480-ff28-58fd-b807-7e6cad93cda7/519c4d5676bf9.image.jpg

http://p5cdn4static.sharpschool.com/userfiles/servers/server_3060860/image/jefferson%20banner%20pictures/253%20copy%202.png

https://s.smore.com/u/7e3c254a121222dac2d276a083584d6a.jpg

https://s.smore.com/u/da546fa471478c38f2fb3d195160b8b0.jpeg

enjoy!

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36668294)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 1:43 AM
Author: Aqua stead

They all seem happy, both minority & white

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36668836)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 7:30 AM
Author: charcoal center

Children are great and can all easily get along. Once they become teenagers is when the real problems start

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36669455)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 8:00 AM
Author: vibrant scourge upon the earth



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36669549)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 11:24 AM
Author: Jet-lagged Coiffed Pervert Chapel

(Lib birdbrain)

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36670564)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 8:50 PM
Author: ruby soggy nursing home azn

seems fine except for all that shit the girls have to wear



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36674296)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 9:01 PM
Author: irradiated theatre

kid in back right of pic 2 is just itching for a race war

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36674360)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 12:56 AM
Author: floppy grizzly church building love of her life

well thank god the population didn't stagnate or decrease

what in the fuck of fucks type of argument is that?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36668459)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 1:24 AM
Author: violent greedy shrine

Balkanazation is coming the US. This isnt going to end well.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36668706)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 7:34 AM
Author: hilarious aphrodisiac theater corn cake

What is the big bitch here? Did crime go up?



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36669466)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 7:37 AM
Author: charcoal center

We are wasting money and resources on people that aren't natural born citizens when we should be focusing on our own problems

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36669482)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 7:38 AM
Author: hilarious aphrodisiac theater corn cake

Did crime go up?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36669483)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 7:41 AM
Author: charcoal center

You asked for it

Actually it measurably has gone up

http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Faribault-Minnesota.html

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36669491)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 7:45 AM
Author: hilarious aphrodisiac theater corn cake

Yeah, I did ask for it. It wasn't a rhetorical question. The original post just seemed to bitch about various inconveniences without discussing crime.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36669500)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 7:54 AM
Author: charcoal center

Why do you think things like this are being written about such a tiny town?

HOME Line supports the ACLU’s legal challenge to the City of Faribault’s Rental Licensing Ordinance for a number of reasons. First, Faribault’s crime-free ordinances are among the most aggressive that HOME Line has reviewed while advising renters throughout Minnesota. The city requires criminal background screening of all adult prospective tenants, retention of that information, and release of the information to the city. Second, landlords are ordered to “actively pursue the eviction of the tenants or termination of the lease with the tenants who violate the terms of the lease and/or the crime-free/ drug-free housing lease addendum.” Lastly, the occupancy standards included in Faribault’s Rental Licensing chapter are above and beyond what many cities require, and they are enforced only on residential rental properties. These standards, intentionally or not, directly and without cause impact families and children, and they appear to be specifically targeting Faribault’s Somali population. In most Minnesota cities, rental properties are simply regulated under the same occupancy standards as other residential properties (commonly within zoning or fire codes).

Considering that Faribault’s ordinances are more intrusive than most Minnesota cities where HOME Line advises renters, and that it appears that the drive to enact or intensify these provisions were in response to the changing demographics of the city, we agree that the city should repeal these ordinances immediately and work with renters, advocates, and community stakeholders to reform local rental licensing policies.

https://www.aclu-mn.org/en/news/problem-crime-free-housing-ordinances

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36669521)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 7:59 AM
Author: charcoal center

Resources that could have been used on our own citizens

https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2017/10/05/faribault-child-care-center-raid/

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36669543)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 8:00 AM
Author: charcoal center

A tiny nothing town makes the top ten worst cities in the state list. Why?

https://www.roadsnacks.net/worst-places-to-live-in-minnesota/

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36669552)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 7:47 AM
Author: Trip snowy piazza

By up you mean Down?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36669502)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 7:57 AM
Author: charcoal center

Compare to the rest of the state please

https://www.cityrating.com/crime-statistics/minnesota/faribault.html

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36669537)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 11:14 AM
Author: deranged charismatic associate

Looks like Faribault was consistently worse than the rest of the state even before the influx. In those graphs, violent and property crime look markedly lower from 2000.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36670496)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 11:25 AM
Author: charcoal center

They came in 1993

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36670570)



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Date: August 26th, 2018 2:47 PM
Author: floppy grizzly church building love of her life

http://www.citypages.com/news/are-somalis-increasing-crime-in-minneapolis-6570035

But when the blog Stuff Black People Don't Like accused Somalis in Minneapolis of importing crime into what was formerly one of the safest cities in the nation, fed-up Irregular Times writer Jim Cook actually crunched the numbers.

Considering that refugees surged into Minneapolis starting in about 1993 with the onset of the Somali civil war, Cook compared violent crime rates in the city on either side of that marker. From 1985 to 1992, the violent crime rate was 1,553 incidents per 100,000 population. From 1994 to 2013, it was 1,378 per 100,000.

Violent crime has actually decreased, which means if we pretend that we can reasonably match crime trends to the growth and decline of a single immigrant group, Minneapolis could definitely use more Somalis.

a nice little example of liars and statistics. the correct metric is not what was versus what is, the correct metric, or at least a far better one, is the % of somalis who commit violent crime vs the % of non-somalis who commit violent crime. and 'violent crime' should be spelled out and broken down to prevent the liar thing



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36688745)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 7:52 AM
Author: At-the-ready blue whorehouse

Looks like it’s gone down. What am I missing?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36669512)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 7:55 AM
Author: charcoal center

You are missing the year the Somalis were introduced

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36669526)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 8:01 AM
Author: At-the-ready blue whorehouse

Article says town was 90% white in 2000. Stats start in 2002. Did they all come in 2000-2001? We would need the pre 2000 rates to know anything if that’s the case. Crime is down since 2002.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36669555)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 8:03 AM
Author: provocative haunting parlor wrinkle

I doubt they all came that long ago. Would think it likely they came in last 5-10 years

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36669566)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 8:07 AM
Author: At-the-ready blue whorehouse

I’m just trying to figure if this guy has any reason to be maf about this. The numbers he poasted don’t tell me shit.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36669585)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 8:09 AM
Author: charcoal center

They came in 1993

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36669597)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 6:14 PM
Author: At-the-ready blue whorehouse

What were the numbers in 92?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36673403)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 6:16 PM
Author: charcoal center

0

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36673415)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 6:31 PM
Author: charcoal center

https://imgur.com/a/lArIM70

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36673520)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 6:37 PM
Author: At-the-ready blue whorehouse

I can't read half of that but the crime index numbers I see are like 30x higher than the more recent ones. Either they changed the calculation or these aren't the same numbers. It's pissing me the fuck off that you refuse to make your goddamn case. I'm not some shitlib, I want the Wall built and Hillary locked the fuck up. Just state your fucking argument with some facts that back it up or STFU.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36673551)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 11:00 AM
Author: charcoal center

Where did you go brother?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36670396)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 11:27 AM
Author: Jet-lagged Coiffed Pervert Chapel

Cr the eventual extinction of white culture and white phenotypes are nbd in and of themselves

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36670588)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 9:08 PM
Author: Rusted patrolman bawdyhouse

Derrrrr I wonder...

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36674406)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 1:53 PM
Author: Cracking Institution Dingle Berry

Maybe there are more important questions here? Like did the residents ask for this or have any input whatsoever?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36671574)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 8:02 AM
Author: diverse medicated water buffalo

kikes will be burned alive for this one day

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36669556)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 10:14 AM
Author: bat-shit-crazy set

Somalian women are sexy

https://www.somalispot.com/threads/yaaaas-somali-women-have-become-the-standard-of-beauty-in-africa.41496/page-4

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36670183)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 10:17 AM
Author: charcoal center

Not one darkie all almost look Indian or Egyptian

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36670196)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 10:17 AM
Author: Free-loading telephone home

LET. THEM. IN.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36670198)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 10:17 AM
Author: Crawly stimulating queen of the night

Cool that's great then for the native Minnesota dudes who will be forbidden from talking to them much less dating under Islamic law. Libs think everyone in the world is just like them.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36670199)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 11:28 AM
Author: Jet-lagged Coiffed Pervert Chapel

Those are monkeys, shlomo

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36670599)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 11:05 AM
Author: arousing dopamine plaza

"The arrival of Somalis, in particular, significantly altered the city’s demographics. In 2000, whites made up 90 percent of Faribault’s population. Today, people of color make up more than 26 percent of the population, with blacks alone accounting for 9 percent of the city’s residents."

What? So who are the other 17%? Hispanics?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36670425)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 11:08 AM
Author: charcoal center

Looks like it

https://mugshots.com/US-Counties/Minnesota/Faribault-County-MN/

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36670447)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 1:40 PM
Author: mind-boggling lay



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36671454)



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Date: August 23rd, 2018 1:46 PM
Author: arousing dopamine plaza

Seems like the real story is being ignored then

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36671514)



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Date: August 26th, 2018 3:01 PM
Author: canary doobsian lettuce property

Will XO admit whites owning 95% of the farmland in Minnesota is problematic?



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36688822)



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Date: August 26th, 2018 3:22 PM
Author: Burgundy locus



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36688947)



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Date: August 26th, 2018 5:44 PM
Author: Translucent macaca



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=4058639&forum_id=2#36689694)



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Date: August 26th, 2018 3:57 PM
Author: Brindle tank

Glad this thread took off. You could do similar piece on many small MN towns. Long Prairie or Worthington for example are towns that went 30% hispanic suddenly. Willmar a town of 19k in the middle of central MN is similar to fairbault and is now 28% "people of color"

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/12/outsiders-part3-willmar-is-the-future-of-a-more-diverse-minnesota

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Willmar showing the way to a more diverse Minnesota

Issues Laura Yuen · WILLMAR, Minn. · Mar 12, 2012

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Mar 14, 2012

11min 22sec

Tutoring immigrants MPR Photo/Jeffrey Thompson

Every afternoon, after workers finish their shifts at Jennie-O turkey processing plants, downtown streets come alive as Somali women meander to shops in their flowing skirts, and men bark to one another in their native tongue.

Somali entrepreneurs have opened 15 businesses downtown, most of them clustered in a little mall, where shoppers can buy anything from goat meat to fried sambusa dumplings.

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Even though there are fewer Somalis in west-central Minnesota than in Minneapolis, some find Willmar's small-town charm much more appealing than the hustle and bustle of the big city.

"Here, it's easy to come to Jennie-O, come to the stores," Ridgewater College student Fatuma Mohamed said recently, as she waited for her lunch at the Somali Star restaurant. It was her day off from her job at Jennie-O.

"It's a simple life," Mohamed said. "We love Willmar."

The newcomers from Somalia are changing the social fabric of Willmar, a community with strong Scandinavian roots, now home to about 20,000 people.

From an elderly man to a teen who is on the Willmar High School basketball team, Somalis say the city has embraced them.

But when the East African refugees planned to move their mosque into an old school building last year, it forced an overdue conversation with longtime white residents.

WILLMAR STILL STRUGGLES

Willmar is still grappling with the uncertainty that comes with immigration. More than 20 years after migrant farmers from Mexico and the southern United States began to make Willmar home, a flood of new arrivals from Somalia has introduced new frictions. It has also compelled people to move beyond their comfort zones and talk to their neighbors.

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Last summer, the local Islamic society made an offer to buy the old red-brick Garfield Elementary School building that was for sale. The Somali immigrants wanted to turn it into a mosque to better serve their growing numbers.

Diverse downtown MPR Photo/Jeffrey Thompson

Schools superintendent Jerry Kjergaard started negotiating with the potential buyers. But he said the location -- in a quiet, middle-class neighborhood -- stirred Willmar's melting pot.

"There were some people that were really, really not happy with me," he said.

Kjergaard is a towering man from South Dakota, with a thick gray mustache. He said some older white residents in Willmar felt the neighborhood wasn't appropriate for a busy mosque -- even though Kjergaard worships at a nearby Lutheran church.

Neighbors wondered if their homes' property values would slide, Kjergaard said. Others said they were simply caught off guard, and pushed back against the school board's closed-door negotiations. The superintendent, whose ancestors came from Norway and Sweden, recalls one of the most common questions people asked him: "Can't you just sell the building to someone else?"

"It's a business deal. My job is to get the most money of the district I can out of a building," he said. "I don't care who buys it. And to be honest, I can't care who buys it. Am I not going to sell it to Scandinavians?"

The Islamic society eventually withdrew its offer after learning how much it would cost to refurbish the school building. The group is now pursuing a new site in the city. But Kjergaard said the plan nonetheless exposed divisions that were dormant for years. He said he hears older residents long for "the way Willmar used to be."

Playing a game together MPR Photo/Jeffrey Thompson

Race has something to do with that sentiment, Kjergaard says, but so does a general nostalgia for a simpler time.

"There's a feeling there's something that's been lost," Kjergaard said. "We know it will never go back to the way it was."

Over the years, Willmar has learned a thing or two about accepting outsiders.

A rural town surrounded by turkey farms, it's home to about 4,100 Latino residents, roughly a fifth of the city's population. They've opened Mexican groceries, where butchers carve meat to the sound of regional Mexican music.

They've also established a handful of churches, including a lively Pentecostal congregation known as Casa de Misericordia, where worshippers from Honduras to Los Angeles dance, shout, and succumb to the spirit.

Not only is Willmar never going back, one could say it's the future.

THE FACE OF THE MINNESOTA TO COME

State demographers say Willmar foretells what Minnesota will look like two or three decades from now. People of color make up 28 percent of the community, which is a much more diverse picture than the state as a whole.

City leaders say immigrants have driven Willmar's growth. They've kept the local economy ticking and ensured the schools are adequately funded. Census estimates suggest about 500 Somalis live in Willmar, but community members say the population is much larger.

Computer work MPR Photo/Jeffrey Thompson

Some Somalis think of Willmar as a sort of minor-league farm team for new arrivals who want to ripen their skills in this country. They can find low-skilled jobs, study English, and learn how to drive. After a few years here, they'll be better equipped to move to larger cities in search of higher wages. Others clearly are putting down permanent roots.

Yet many residents -- of all races -- say the city remains socially segregated. In some cases, that breeds suspicion.

In downtown Willmar, where many Somali families live in apartments above the shops, some white residents say they don't feel safe when shopping. But Willmar police say the number of calls for service don't support that perception.

Mayor Frank Yanish said some of the concerns of longtime white residents have to do with the large crowds of Somali men milling about outside.

"The white citizens think that is loitering," he said. "It is probably loitering in our way of thinking, but to the Somali people, what they're doing is giving their wives a break. I can understand that."

Yanish, who was elected in 2010, said he's trying to get up to speed on Somali culture. He owns a tire shop along the main business strip, home to chain stores and a shopping mall. As is the case in many small towns across America, much of Willmar's retail has gravitated from downtown.

LONGTIME RESIDENTS LEFT OUT?

David Herzer, a friend and adviser to the mayor, said the changes have caused some older white residents to feel "abandoned." Herzer said his wife has fond childhood memories of shopping in a vibrant downtown, and now laments that today she can't buy a new dress there. Instead, there are disheveled storefronts run by Somali immigrants, he said.

"You could call it messy," Herzer said. "It's certainly not inviting to most people as a place of business they want to enter."

Herzer acknowledges the immigrants are filling shops that would otherwise go vacant, and that the exodus of stores took place long before the Somalis arrived.

But his point is that Americans have something to teach refugees fleeing more than 20 years of civil war. Herzer and many other white residents say they'd like to see Somalis making a bigger effort to engage with the community and join some of the area's social clubs.

"They're here to learn our successful ways," he said. "That's why they were attracted to come to America. We have something that's better to offer than where they came from."

Some find that kind of us-vs.-them perspective polarizing. And it's only half the story. What's the obligation of residents who were already there to understand their newest neighbors?

GETTING TO KNOW EACH OTHER

In Willmar, community leaders say it's the responsibility of longtime locals to help start the conversation.

After the controversy over the mosque proposal, local Somali-Americans teamed up with community leaders -- including a banker, a pastor, and the head of the chamber of commerce -- to address their communities' mutual need to get along.

They found an ally in Abdirizak Mahboub, who goes by "Zak" for short. A well-educated Somali father of three who wears glasses and suits, Mahboub moved from Minneapolis last year to take a job with the Minneapolis-based African Development Center.

Mahboub recalls some of those early conversations with his new friends.

Using area pool MPR Photo/Jeffrey Thompson

"I said, 'Listen, say whatever you want to ask,'" he said. "People are afraid of insulting you, being Minnesotan, being nice, and being more rural."

Or as schools superintendent Jerry Kjergaard puts it: "We don't talk. We don't ask. We don't want to be nosy. But we really would like to know."

The locals finally got their chance to be nosy. In January, nearly 600 people came to a couple of town-hall discussions that could have been called "Somali 101." The mostly white crowd listened as Mahboub and other panelists offered a primer on everything from Somali clans to the Islamic headcovering for women, known as the hijab.

White residents raised their hands. Some asked how they could get to know a Somali family. Others wanted to know what they could do to be more welcoming.

Much of the audience's curiosity focused on the religion. One white man, a Christian, told Mahboub about his desire to, in his words, "convert you to a faith in Jesus."

"If your son or daughter comes to faith in Jesus and accepts him as their personal savior, and says they want to go to a Christian church, how are you going to handle that?" the man asked.

Mahboub said he recognized the freedom to choose one's religion.

"If my daughter becomes a Christian, I think she's entitled to do that. Do I agree with that? No, I'm a Muslim," Mahboub said.

Another woman in the audience admitted she was wary of Islam, and of Muslims' views of outsiders.

"If you read your Koran, and you come across a verse, 'Kill the unbelievers,' this frightens me," she said. "Can you explain to me how you would receive this verse?"

Mahboub told her he's not a religious scholar, but understands right from wrong, as do most Muslims. He said every peaceful religion has its brand of fundamentalists who'll use their faith to carry out their political agenda.

He drew applause for that point.

Maboub recently left his job with the African Development Center and started a new interpreting business with his wife, Sahra Gure. They'll also continue to teach Willmar employers and organizations about Somali culture.

NEWCOMERS NEED TIME TO ADJUST, TOO

Gure said they have a lot of work to do. She came to the United States to attend college, not as a refugee. With a hint of a smile, Gure said even she sometimes runs out of patience when Somali men conversing on the sidewalk fail to step aside to let her pass.

She said it's important to remember that many of these newcomers came straight from refugee camps, where there were few rules.

"So they don't have Somali culture. They have a completely different culture," she said. "We keep forgetting they are survivors and lived in a harsh, harsh environment for so many years. The main focus was to survive."

Trilingual newspaper MPR file photo/Ambar Espinoza

Now that Somalis have peace and stability, Gure said it will take time for them to adjust to their new community. She said refugees stick together because there's comfort in familiarity -- but that will change over the years, too.

Somali children say they find acceptance at school, where the lines are more blurred. In 2005, Somali runners at the high school led their cross-country team to a state championship.

And high school senior Mowlid Mohamud, 18, who was raised in Willmar, broke another barrier when he became the first Somali-American student to make the varsity basketball team.

"To say I'm the first one -- it's pretty awesome," he said with a smile.

One of the biggest questions on the horizon is what more, if anything, the city should do to welcome immigrants. One of the most pressing challenges the traditionally larger families face is a lack of affordable rental housing beyond one- or two-bedroom apartments, said Lul Yusuf, who runs a nonprofit that helps Somali women and children.

Yusuf assists a lot of single mothers who are coming to terms with the daily struggle in America. If they are turned down for jobs at Jennie-O, they have few options left, Yusuf said.

"They say, 'Oh, this is America?' Everybody is surprised," she said. "They don't know nothing; they speak only Somali. They think, 'Oh my God, I have nothing. I cannot learn. I worry about my family. I worry about myself.'"

In their struggle to adjust, Somalis can look to earlier waves of newcomers, including early Latino residents who are ready to help.

LATINOS PAVED THE WAY FOR SOMALIS

One of them is Luz Gonzalez, who remembers when the first wave of Somalis arrived in Willmar about a decade ago. Gonzalez, 58, was working for a nonprofit helping low-income people receive energy assistance. She said she was surprised that some of her new clients seemed to carry a sense of entitlement.

"We had Somalis that were coming, and were like, 'Here's my bill. Pay it. Pay it!' And we were like, 'Sorry, we have no money. You pay it!' And they were like, 'No, you pay it!'" she recalled, laughing. "They're nice people, but they're coming here with all these benefits, and they think they deserve it."

But over time, Somalis learned the rules and began to adapt, said Gonzalez, who soon made Somali friends of her own.

“It's a simple life. We love Willmar.”

Fatuma Mohamed

Still, misunderstandings persist between some Somalis and Latinos in Willmar. Somalis have largely come to the United States as refugees, with legal permission to be in the country, so they qualify for benefits such as food stamps to help them get on their feet.

Gonzales said Mexican and Central American immigrants who did not enter the country legally covet that kind of assistance.

As someone who arrived legally in the United States more than 20 years ago from Mexico, Gonzalez, now a U.S. citizen, ran into her own struggles.

When Latinos from Mexico and southern states started to make Willmar their home in the '80s and '90s, the climate was hostile. There were tense meetings in church basements, when whites told the immigrants to "go home."

Gonzalez said the Latino community waged an ongoing battle to fight closed-mindednes.

She said one of her first good friends in Willmar, a white woman, confessed her own assumptions about Latinos after Gonzalez invited her into her house.

"And the first thing she did when going through her house was, 'Wow. Your house is very, very, very, very clean,'" Gonzalez recalled. "I was like, 'What did you expect?' And she apologized. She said, 'I'm sorry, Luz. But we [had] misconceptions.' But it didn't bother me, because when you don't know, you're afraid."

It took many years, but Gonzalez said today she feels welcome in the community. Willmar is home.

One painful chapter in Willmar's history came during the '90s, when a trailer park filled with Latino residents festered with code violations, drug deals, and other crimes.

"Just to have a neighborhood of all Hispanics on the edge of town, away from the rest of the community, sort of ignored and left to their own devices with a bad landlord -- it was a bad recipe," said Willmar native Gregg Aamot, a former reporter who wrote the book, "The New Minnesotans: Stories of Immigrants and Refugees."

The city eventually closed the park. But Gonzalez and others say it was one of the best things that happened to Willmar because it rallied the entire community. Nonprofits and other groups helped dislocated residents find new homes, said Ken Warner, president of the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.

"It was just like, we're not going to have these people live underneath the bridge," Warner recalled. "That's not how we do things here."

The national divide over immigration continues to shape how people in Willmar perceive immigrants, and Latinos in particular. A 2007 raid by federal immigration agents had a lasting effect on the town.

During his campaign, Yanish expressed support for a plan to allow local police to enforce federal immigration laws. The mayor backed off once he was sworn in, but it put many Latinos on alert, said Roberto Valdez, a Texan-born Mexican-American who now runs a nonprofit that helps immigrants launch their businesses.

"Latinos have been here for two decades or more, and things are starting to mellow out," Valdez said. "But then an issue like immigration comes up, and the 10 years you've invested on building communities and relationships is destroyed in a matter of seconds."

Community leaders say most residents accept, if not embrace, the fact that Willmar is a community of change. It's also a harbinger of what's to come. Other cities across Minnesota and even the nation have looked to Willmar to learn how this all-American city has adapted.

Many residents admit they're still learning. But the first step, they say, is to talk about their differences, and also what ties them together. They say their future depends on it.

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