in Minneapolis, there are as many as 80,000 refugees from war-torn Somalia, as well. They were resettled in politically liberal Minneapolis because the State Department felt the city’s splendid social services system could accommodate them, the Times noted. State Department officials also were impressed with the city’s many civic groups that help newcomers.
As the Times notes:
*”Hennepin County Medical Center developed an obstetrical staff made up almost entirely of women after Muslim Somali women objected to having male doctors deliver their babies.” Hennepin is a favorite facility among immigrants for “free” medical care, and its budget is strained because of this, the Times notes.
*”The F.B.I. has been investigating whether young Somali men in Minneapolis have been recruited to commit acts of terrorism in Somalia, and health officials have been looking into reports of unusually high rates of autism in the children of Somali immigrants.” Many Somalis, as the Times notes, have a welter of medical issues.