1,400 Petitions Call for Lewiston Mayor to Step Down

Updated 2 years ago

Critics are seeking the ouster of a Maine mayor who said his city’s Somali immigrants should “accept our culture and leave your culture at the door.”The Maine People’s Alliance on Thursday delivered about 1,400 petitions calling for Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald to step down over his comments to the British Broadcasting Corp.About 6,000 Somali immigrants have settled into this former mill town and a neighboring city in search of affordable housing and a safe place to live. One of them, 26-year-old Nimo Yonis, described the mayor’s words as “derogatory and inflammatory” during a rally at City Hall.Macdonald has since attempted to clarify his comments, saying immigrants should try to assimilate into American culture, not that they need to give up their language, religion or traditions.


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