Minn. Money-Transfer Shops Stop Taking Somali Cash

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Money-transfer businesses that cater to Somali immigrants in Minnesota have stopped accepting money bound for the East African country, a day before a key bank was due to stop processing the transactions.

Hinda Ali, a spokeswoman for the Somali-American Money Services Association in Minneapolis, says 15 money-transfer businesses stopped taking the money because of the decision of Sunrise Community Banks.

The bank announced previously that it would stop processing the transactions on Dec. 30 because it feared it could risk violating government rules intended to fight the financing of terror groups.

On Thursday, the bank released a statement saying it wouldn’t process the transactions without a waiver from the government. It said it would continue to seek one.

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  • Hank

    This should get about as much support as Occupy /Wallstreet did.

    • jackactionhero

      I’ve dated many Somali men & have found them to be virile,romantic & very easy to partner with..When same sex marriage is enacted into law, I’m pursuing a Somali mate for life!

  • rw

    Put an end to emigration.

    • jackactionhero


      Is that really what you meant to type there – emigration?

      If so, are you aware what emigration IS?

      • desert eagle .50

        So what exactly IS emigration? Please be specific.

        • I'm just saying...

          .50 – please tell us you are joking. Are you really as dumb as the original poster? Or maybe you’re one and the same? If the poster wants to get rid of emigration, they are wanting to abolish the very solution he/she wants.

      • sad but true

        Arch….I’ve noticed the Mr. 50 cal has called you out a few times on various threads. Put him in his place already!!!!

        • jackactionhero

          His place is right where he is now…

          Barking and running desperately in circles at my heels trying to get my attention.


          • desert eagle .50

            As I have, Arch. What are you planning to do about it? Please be specific. I think Wal-Mart has Kleenex on sale. Sad to hear you are gay, though. Well, there’s no accounting for tastes. As I said previously, I hope your kids find there father someday. Please be specific! Please be specific.

  • much love

    Get your signs ready, the only people showing up to support you is the media.

    @ rw What is emigration?

    • cheddarwurst

      Definition of EMIGRATE

      intransitive verb
      : to leave one’s place of residence or country to live elsewhere

  • Brett

    How about spending ‘your’ money HERE in Minnesota, instead of transferring it out of the country to a place where THUGS rule? Start supporting the country that supports YOU.

    • sue

      I agree 100% with every anti-somali comment. The only people who are at all supportive of their being here in AMERICA are folks who have never had to deal with them. Never had them move into their neighborhood. They’re used to living in a tent!! You sure don’t want them anywhere nearby. They have no respect for AMERICAN values and they have no morals other than to their allah who tells them to kill the infidels. And WE AMERICANs are viewed as their infidels. What does that tell you, people? They’re not here to make nice and become AMERICANS. They have an agenda. And sending money back to other terrorist organizations is all part of that agenda. Shipping all of them back to somalia would be our best precaution. And would certainly improve the safety of our light rail system, the airport, as well as the quality of life in south Minneapolis and everywhere else they squat.

  • Sam I am

    Of course they will protest – Al Shabab needs the money to blow up more things.

    Go back to your precious homeland, you are not wanted here. You certainly don’t contribute to society.

    Suggestion: Moneygrams or Western Union. Everyone else gets by with them.

  • NICK


  • See Ya

    Why has it gone on for this long? It’s about time we stop this craziness. These freeloaders have been getting by with too much for too long. I’m sick of these rude idiot’s and I think they should all be shipped out of our great country. Sending money is to support terrorism and we are nuts if we let it continue. Not if but when they attack us it is the fault of our own crazy laws and rules. Put them all on an inter tube, give them a paddle and say “bye-bye”

  • TL

    A protest to get other somolians to behave themselves so that the rest of you CAN do what you need to do here so that you can get money to your country would probably be more beneficial. Stop blaming the U.S. for your problems and start looking in the mirror to begin solving them. The U.S. has their own law abiding people to protect – whether they’re from here or not. If youre not on board with that, you probably shouldnt be here in the first place.

  • buggy

    Too Bad – So Sad (laughing all the way down the street I am!)

  • Sam

    Ditto to all above!

  • God

    Well folks, hate to bust up your hate party but not all Somali’s send money back to their homeland and believe it or not, a number of them go to and from work every day just like you…shocking you may say.
    These Somalis are not protesting because they love living in America, just like you. They bring their kids to swim practice, soccer etc….just like you.
    But they are not just like you, as a whole they are better because they respect other cultures. They are not not fat a$$ people sitting on computers belittling other people just so they can feel better about their sorry a$$’s.

    I really think your afraid of ‘em aren’t ya…well, don’t worry, they aint gonna getchya.

    Ok boyz and girlz, time to take a break and go lay down by your dish now.

    • God 2.0

      Deal with a few of them on a personal level … as in provide them services. Then come back and tell us how they “respect” other cultures. Disgusting people they are.

    • josie

      I would second that, Sam. The people who are allowing Immigrants in our Country live far removed from the Main Streets so they never have to deal with them.

  • buggy

    Okay Mr/Mrs Bleeding Heart — you’re probably on the public dole as well — easy for you to relate — you love getting something for nothing — go fiill your bowl again with your food stamps

  • DO

    Whom ever put the post about somali’s respecting other cultures etc must live in a shell, everyone I’ve come across has an attitude and onlly cares about themselves. They can’t run their own country so they had to run. Grow some balls go back and straighten out your own country cause we don’t need anymore whiners.

  • Mother Jones

    I hope I and many other “white” friends can join the protest. I know I will contact my Senators and Rep to ask the Treasury Dept to make it so that Somalis can send their money through secure channels to their family members.
    I do this because I know my ansestors at one time were considered ‘enemies” and worked to send money back home so their brothers/sister/parents/cousins could survived and not starve to death.

    • Kevin

      Your a freakin moron….

    • josie

      Different times, back then we had enough room for Immigrants, not any more. We cannot afford to keep allowing everyone in this Country.

      • jackactionhero

        So your attitude is based on how much “room” there is in this country?

        What statistical evidence are you basing that on, josie?

        • josie

          Look around Jack, we have no money and no jobs. If we keep bringing people here, we will be the same as China. Get real!

  • Mother Jones

    I am sicken by all the racist, bigoted hateful comments made in response to the article. But we know through history that there has always been hate and violence towards new immigrants so this country. It is shameful how those who are decended from immigrants spew the same hate their forebears had to endure.
    I also think it is shameful that CBS news would leave these hateful and racists posts up. It does nothing but create hate.

    • Tracer

      Then power off your computer and don’t read them idiot

    • mohammad

      You are a good little infidel Mother Jones, we shall come for you last

  • Kelly K

    You must be part of the Lutheran Church group that brings them all here. If so, you support them

  • Old Saying

    Give a man a fish and he eats for a day ….

    Give a somalian a fish … he build fish bomb

  • Buggy

    You must be a big fan of Jesse Ventura’s Conspiracy Theory show cuz I don’t know where you are getting your facts — from the liberal media machine????

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  • sam

    this just boils down to the fact that it was the Somalians who did this to themselves. Some of them had to ruin it for the rest of them. They should be protesting their own people not the bank. If their own people didn’t funnel money to the terrorists, they would still be able to send money to their loved ones.

  • Common Cents

    If they don’t like it here, they can leave. If they don’t like it there, well, they can leave there just as well. Nobody is forcing you to live where you do, that is a choice.If is sux, move!

    We as a country need to help ourselves before we can help others.

    • our country!

      Sam~ I totally agree with your comment. They ruined it for themselves and we need to protect our country here in the USA!

  • Citizen

    Our Senators and Reps govern in the USA not Somalia. Their responsibilities are to the US citizens, not to the citizens of Somalia.

  • josie

    PROPAGANDA……………………………..be careful of what you write Mother, you may have to back it up.

  • stubby

    Tell you what Mother Jones, empty your bank account , get a passport and so us all a favor and move to that wonderful country. Let them all starve, they have done nothing to further world peace.

    • stubby

      should have been “do us all a favor”

  • josie

    Enough is enough Mother, do your ranting some place else. You must be high on something because you are unaware that everyone is tired of your rants. Put all this energy in something worthwhile like Salvation Army bell ringing! Or go to Somalia and ‘help out”.

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