US mayor: Somalis, leave culture at door

2012-10-04 18:47

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Lewiston (Maine) - A US mayor says his city's Somali immigrants should "accept our culture and leave your culture at the door," and critics say he should resign.

The Maine People's Alliance says it has collected hundreds of signatures calling for Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald to step down over his comments to the BBC.

About 6 000 Somali immigrants have settled in the town in search of affordable housing and a safe place to live.

Members of the local Somali community and other residents were gathering on Thursday at City Hall to speak out against the remarks.

Macdonald has tried to clarify his comments, saying immigrants should try and assimilate into American culture, not that they need to give up their language, religion or traditions.

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