Protesters denounce Trump’s remarks on Somali immigrants

PORTLAND, Maine — Hundreds of people gathered on the steps of City Hall Friday afternoon to denounce Donald Trump’s characterization of Maine’s large Somali population as dangerous and a burden on the country’s economy.

“Somalis have been a part of Maine since the early 90s. We are a part of this community, and we are citizens of this country,” said Deqa Dhalac, a member of the executive committee of the Somali Community Center of Maine. “We have professionals, laborers, students, business owners, veterans, and members of law enforcement. We care about our communities, and we are here to stay.”

The crowd of roughly 200 people included Portland’s mayor, Ethan Strimling, and city council members. Representatives of Maine’s Somali and Muslim community came from around the state, but much of the crowd was white.

They chanted “More love, no hate,” and held signs reading, “I love my neighbors” and “No place for racism” superimposed over an image of Maine. Many waved pocket Constitutions — by now a familiar rebuke to Trump, after Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim-

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