US presidential candidate Donald Trump has accused Somali immigrants into the United States of causing terrorism.
Addressing a rally in the state of Maine, where there is a Somali community, he cited examples of migrants who entered the US to carry out terror crimes.
He further lectured Somalis in general, saying:
“We’ve just seen many, many crimes getting worse all the time, and as Maine knows – a major destination for Somali refugees – right, am I right? Well, they’re all talking about it. Maine. Somali refugees.
“We admit hundreds of thousands — you admit, into Maine, and to other places in the United States — hundreds of thousands of refugees. And they’re coming from among the most dangerous territories and countries anywhere in the world.”
Mr Trump added that America needs to reform its policy on immigration from these parts of the world, restating his earlier stance when he officially picked up the Republican party’s presidential candidacy.
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In response, the Somali community in the US state of Maine has lashed out against the malicious remark by the US presidential hopeful Donald Trump, stating that the comments could damage the psyche of the Somali youth.
In a statement quoted by the Maine Immigrants Rights Coalition, the community said:
“We are citizens of this country and members of this community. We are participants in all sectors of the economy… We care about our communities and we are here to stay. Trump’s rhetoric… is damaging to the psyche of our youth to hear a major party presidential nominee condemn our culture and religion, especially while standing next to the governor of our state”.
The community says it will be holding a press conference in front of Portland city hall – the state’s main city – later on Friday.
Meanwhile in Kenya, more than 600 Somali refugees are allegedly boarding buses provided by the UN’s refugee agency, the UNHCR to head back to their homes. They will be taken to the Kenya-Somalia border.
The Kenyan government announced back in May that it intends to close down the camp, causing an international uproar from many charity organizations.
The twenty five-year old camp houses about 330,000 people and is known as the world’s biggest refugee camp