By Pat Kessler

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Strong reaction in Minnesota to executive orders signed today by President Donald Trump.

The president signed the order to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall and remove federal funding for sancutary cities like Minneapolis and St. Paul, which don’t arrest or detain immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.

Another executive order from the president will set much tougher restrictions on foreigners trying to get into the country, issuing a month-long ban on any immigrant from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen. It also will refuse refugee admissions for 120 days while previous admissions are reviewed. It also makes deep cuts into the total number of people allowed

Thousands of Somali immigrants have settled in Minneapolis neighborhoods, many of them escaping terrorism, they say, not causing it.

“We are not the problem, we are the solution,” Abdi Bihi of the Somali Advocacy Center said.

Bihi says he’s fielding questions from families now worried about bringing loved ones to the United States, and frustrated that they’re viewed with suspicion as possible terrorists.

“And the community feels betrayed that we are all characterized as bad people,” he said.

State officials are expressing alarm at the orders Trump signed today, some calling it “racist.” Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges says she’ll defy the President, who’s threatening to withhold federal funding from cities which don’t detain illegal immigrants.

“Donald Trump is doing his best to punish cities that have separation ordinances by threatening funding to cities. That is a big problem,” she said. “As long as I stand as Mayor, he’s going to have to get through me.”

Minnesota is home to nearly half a million immigrants, most of them from Mexico, India, Laos, Somalia and Ethiopia.

The chairman of the Minnesota House Public Safety Committee — Rep. Tony Cornish (R-Blue Earth County) says he welcomes legal immigrants, but for safety reasons, he supports a wall and restrictions on foreigners from countries with links to terrorism.

“You look at other countries — what they failed to do and suffered afterward. Now they are playing catch up,” he said. “I think a strong vetting of people like that is a good idea.”

Hodges says the ordinance will not change despite the loss of federal funding, which she says can run into the tens of millions of dollars.

Comments (10)
  1. Glad less money will be going to the traitorous people and leaders of Minneapolis.

  2. Jose Ortega says:

    In the next Mayoral election we can tell Mayor Betsey, “you’re fired”.

  3. Lou Cypher says:

    I’d rather be safe than sorry.

  4. hocuspocus13 says:


  5. stay out of the state coffers for your choice as a city. the rest of the state overwhelmingly voted trump so it better be your loss not ours. illegal is illegal and we should vet refugees far better than we have.

  6. “We are not the problem, we are the solution,” Abdi Bihi of the Somali Advocacy Center said. Could someone remind me how many somalin’s tried to leave and join isis

  7. Brad Arnold says:

    It makes me sick that Sanctuary Cities are going to lose Federal dollars because of ideological people in power. The threat of Fed buck cutoff is real, so it is prudent and responsible to bow to the pressure and rescind the policy to keep the Fed bucks flowing. Democrats are overplaying their hand here.

  8. Betsy Hodges said, “As long as I stand as Mayor, he’s going to have to get through me.”……….Well, get ready to get bowled over….Why don’t you do your job Betsy and help keep us safe….What a pathetic example of leadership…..The Dems hide behind the racism card, but just want to help pad their ballot box with illegal votes.

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