Minnesota Somalis threaten to pull money from banks

Hundreds of Somalis gathered in Minneapolis Saturday urging lawmakers and banks to find a resolution so they can continue to send money to loved ones in East Africa countries. Some banks have stopped the service with concerns the money is going to help terrorist organizations. As many as 500 Somali Minnesotans have threatened to close their accounts without a solution.
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Hundreds of Somalis gathered in Minneapolis Saturday urging lawmakers and banks to find a resolution so they can continue to send money to loved ones in East Africa countries. Some banks have stopped the service with concerns the money is going to help terrorist organizations. As many as 500 Somali Minnesotans have threatened to close their accounts without a solution.

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