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A changing landscape as immigrants transform Main Streets
StarTribune ^ | 7/21/2012

Posted on 07/24/2012 5:45:44 AM PDT by Altura Ct.

A changing landscape as immigrants transform Main Streets

Once the henna artist arrives, business will really take off, Yonis Hajisaid said.

One of downtown Willmar's newest entrepreneurs, he owns the Nuura Shop, the latest Somali-owned business to open in downtown Willmar in the past five years.

The change from a barber shop to a henna and perfume parlor is a sign of how new immigrants are transforming business districts outstate just as they have along some main streets in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Drawn to Willmar because of jobs at the Jennie-O meatpacking plants, a growing number of Somali immigrants are calling this west-central Minnesota town home and opening small businesses on the side.

The official count says 700 of Willmar's 19,610 residents are originally from Somalia, but city officials and Somali community leaders say the real number is at least 2,000. The city's Latino population has leveled off at 4,099 according to the latest U.S. census data.

In cities such as Rochester and Faribault, too, new immigrants have arrived, adding new flavors and customers to downtown areas.

"Main Streets in many smaller Minnesota communities have not fared so well the last 25 or 30 years," said Bill Blazar, an executive at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. "The growth of immigrant populations and the businesses that are a direct result really are a shot in the arm. They're an economic development program."

The changes have also created angst for some residents.

(Excerpt) Read more at startribune.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: aliens; byebyemainst; demographics; somalis

1 posted on 07/24/2012 5:45:53 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: Altura Ct.

Future jihadists.


2 posted on 07/24/2012 5:53:16 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Our transformation into Crapistan.


3 posted on 07/24/2012 6:01:36 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Altura Ct.

degrading not transforming


4 posted on 07/24/2012 6:04:38 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Altura Ct.

“A shot in the arm” indeed.

A quick check on how Somali immigration is really impacting Minnesota from American FactFinder, with whites as a comparison group:

http://factfinder2.census.gov

Percent employed (Somalis in Minnesota): 47.7% (Whites 67.1%)

Percent unemployed (Somalis in Minnesota): 12.6% (Whites 4.0%)

Median income of Somali worker in Minnesota: 14,716 dollars (whites 32,463 dollars)

In short, in NewSpeak(TM) the economic reality of Somali immigration into Minnsota is one of low employment, high unemployment and low incomes (less than half of the income of whites for those that do work).

But in the media, this is reported as an “economic shot in the arm”. Heh.

(Remember: The welfare state works through redistributing from those with above-average incomes to those with below-average incomes.)


5 posted on 07/24/2012 6:12:23 AM PDT by globelamp
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To: SpaceBar

Immigration is good SO LONG AS we have shared values. Satan worship, treating women as slaves, suicide bombings, “honor” killings, beheadings and male-on-goat copulation is incompatible with Western Civilization.


6 posted on 07/24/2012 6:12:35 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: Altura Ct.
"because of jobs at the Jennie-O meatpacking plants"

After Bush's infamous raids at all of Swift and Company's meatpacking plants thru-out the country back in 2006, the industry began targeting Somalis and Burmese for employment.

Many of those from Somali and Burma are here as political refugees.

7 posted on 07/24/2012 6:21:47 AM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: Altura Ct.

I’ve come to the conculsion that we need a moratorium on any more immigration. We are not undergoing an industrial revolution or labor shortage to justify the insane open borders policy we have.


8 posted on 07/24/2012 6:21:58 AM PDT by Hacksaw (If I had a son, he'd look like George Zimmerman.)
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To: globelamp

“Somali worker in Minnesota: 14,716 dollars”

How come I have this strange feeling this amount doesn’t include a “little” support from the local welfare office.


9 posted on 07/24/2012 6:29:54 AM PDT by radioone ( Main Stream Media. The Government built that.)
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To: Hacksaw
"...a moratorium on any more immigration."

That might have helped 10-15yrs ago; it's too late now. Society's so thoroughly infiltrated, adulterated and polluted by illegals, terrorists, bottom-feeders, leeches, criminals et al, that a simple *halt* isn't going to stop or reverse what's coming.

10 posted on 07/24/2012 6:31:04 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs and most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: Altura Ct.

Illegals leaving Arizona for sanctuary cities bring contagious diseases with them
http://www.examiner.com/article/illegals-leaving-arizona-for-sanctuary-cities-bring-contagious-diseases-with-them

Minn. braces for record number of whooping cough cases
http://www.kare11.com/news/article/983945/396/Whooping-cough-cases-in-Minn-to-be-a-record-breaker


11 posted on 07/24/2012 6:45:13 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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12 posted on 07/24/2012 6:54:15 AM PDT by bcsco
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To: globelamp

USDA Partnering With Mexico to Boost Food Stamp Participation.

http://dailycaller.com/2012/07/19/usda-partnering-with-mexico-to-boost-food-stamp-participation/#ixzz216eEQ2WL

A decade ago, Nobel prize-winning economist Milton Friedman admonished the Wall Street Journal for its idée fixe on open-border immigration policy. “It’s just obvious you can’t have free immigration and a welfare state,” he warned.

http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=ZWYwOTRlMzVkOGRjNjkyYTIwZjQyZGI5MDY1MTJmYTE=

In case anyone’s still in doubt as to the ultimate goal of the Amnestinians:
“Opening borders with the redistributionist state still intact will result in a larger and more confiscatory government.”


13 posted on 07/24/2012 6:59:10 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: SpaceBar

Yea..we are becoming a turdworld country


14 posted on 07/24/2012 7:41:38 AM PDT by tophat9000 (American is Barack Oaken)
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To: Altura Ct.

AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A Lewiston couple has denied charges that they accepted thousands of dollars in federal housing assistance money while failing to disclose extensive real estate holdings and income.

Roda O. Abdi, and her husband, Ali-Nassir H. Ahmed, each pleaded not guilty Thursday to a charge of felony theft.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Lewiston-couple-charged-with-welfare-fraud-3722274.php


15 posted on 07/24/2012 7:47:42 AM PDT by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: Altura Ct.
Somalia is an ungovernable hellhole .... because of the people who live there.
16 posted on 07/24/2012 8:05:32 AM PDT by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: globelamp

My town here on the Central Coast of California was transformed by the mass migration from Mexico during the 1980s ‘ and 1990s’. Once a trully multi-cultural mix of all etnicities and nationalities it is now 87 percent Hispanic. Ironically 87 percent of the births at the community hospital are funded through MediCal and 87 percent of the kids in the local schools are on the free lunch program.


17 posted on 07/24/2012 8:09:27 AM PDT by artichokegrower
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To: artichokegrower

Indeed. Immigration was the Liberal H-bomb. The United States has been transformed, and will continue to be transformed, with an ever-growing (Democrat-voting) underclass imported from the third world. As Friedman correctly noted, a welfare state and open immigration is a disastrous mix.

There was a group of conservatives at the National Review who saw this in the 90-ies, and who came close to impacting policy. But naturally, the cocktail-party Republican crowd around the older Buckley threw them out, and decided to focus on “compassionate conservatism”, etc. so that the invitations would keep flowing. That should be a lesson to those who are hesitant to raise topics that provoke (serious) liberal ire.


18 posted on 07/24/2012 11:26:40 AM PDT by globelamp
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To: carriage_hill

” That might have helped 10-15yrs ago; it’s too late now. Society’s so thoroughly infiltrated, adulterated and polluted by illegals, terrorists, bottom-feeders, leeches, criminals et al, that a simple *halt* isn’t going to stop or reverse what’s coming. “

If there was any political will to remove illegals, it could still be done, but the Dems wants votes, and the WHORE Chamber of Commerce want plenty of cheap labor. We are screwed on both ends!


19 posted on 07/25/2012 8:39:11 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Both ends and all around us, too.


20 posted on 07/25/2012 11:25:18 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs and most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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