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Mainers defend Somali neighbors against Trump
by Brian MacQuarrie and Vivian Wang
Somali refugees have opened bustling shops in this state, sent their children to college, joined local government, stitched themselves into the fabric of life.
But Donald Trump suggested they also have brought crime and fostered terrorists. That incendiary charge was denounced Friday not only by a chorus of Somali leaders but by Senator Susan Collins, a Maine Republican.
"Mr. Trump's statements disparaging immigrants who have come to this country legally are particularly unhelpful," Collins said in yet another rebuke from a prominent Republican of the party's presidential nominee. "Maine has benefited from people from Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and, increasingly, Africa — including our friends from Somalia."
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