Almost 50,000 of the growing immigrant population in Minneapolis and St. Paul are Somali Muslims, who have been arriving steadily since civil war wracked their home country in 1991. The NewsHour presents a report on the Muslim community's efforts at integration.
FRED DE SAM LAZARO, NewsHour Correspondent:...
Muslim cab drivers at Minnesota's biggest airport will face new penalties including a two-year revocation of their taxi permits if they refuse to give rides to travelers carrying liquor or accompanied by dogs, the board overseeing operations ruled Monday.
A controversial national Islamic civil liberties organization has revived its Minnesota chapter after a series of highly publicized incidents involving Muslim taxi drivers, store clerks and airline passengers.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which has 32 chapters in the United States and Canada, will open a St....
OK, let's say you fly into Minneapolis-St. Paul. Let's say you're carrying alcohol - rum from the Caribbean, a merlot you found in Napa Valley. Let's say you try to hail a cab while carrying said alcohol.
Good luck. You're going to need it.
Three quarters of the drivers serving the airport are Muslims, most from Somalia,...
On December 2, 2000, the Star Tribune reported
that "Muslim cabdrivers who object to transporting alcohol for religious
reasons complain they are being forced to choose between their faith and
their livelihoods at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Under airport policy, drivers must accept passengers who are carrying
liquor--often bought at airport duty-free shops in the United States
and abroad--or wait as long as four hours for another fare. Officials
of the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) said that drivers can...