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Lewiston, Maine

Mayor’s comments on Somalis criticized

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The mayor of Lewiston is drawing criticism for remarks he made in a radio interview about Somali refugees in his city. Robert MacDonald told the British Broadcasting Corp. this month that immigrants are costing the city a lot of money and that they should ‘‘accept our culture and leave your culture at the door.’’ The BBC’s segment focused on the resettlement of nearly 6,000 Somalis to Lewiston over the past decade. Houda Daud, a 23-year-old who was among the first Somalis to arrive in Lewiston a dozen years ago, called the comments divisive and disturbing. She told Maine Public Broadcasting Network that the Lewiston community has been welcoming — except for the mayor.

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