With the nation hotly debating President Trump’s executive order temporarily prohibiting the entry of all refugees as well as travelers from seven majority-Muslim nations, which is currently on hold as it works its way through the federal courts, the Star Tribune wanted to find out what former refugees currently living in the Twin Cities had to say about the travel ban and their experiences with the refugee process.
We visited the Somali American-owned Capitol Café in Minneapolis’ Seward neighborhood one morning last week to speak with the owners and some of their customers. The following is a lightly edited transcript of some of those conversations.
Burhan “Scot Isqoox” Elmi, owner of Capitol Café
What do you wish President Trump knew about you or your community?
I wish he knows that we’re all fighting one enemy. The enemy is ISIS or Al-Shabab. I wish he knows that because they’re killing more Muslims every single day …