Sunday, June 29, 2014

Rally Calls For U.S. to Allow Somalia Money Transfers
Somalians demonstrate against Barclays Bank.
Scott Beedy, KARE 7:50 p.m. EDT June 27, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A renewed push is underway to allow wire transfers to Somalia.

Rep. Keith Ellison, along with members of the community, held a rally outside the U.S. Department of Treasury office in St. Paul on Friday.

The group is calling on lawmakers to change its policies so families in Somalia can receive money from relatives here in the states.

The government's biggest concern is that the money could wind up in the hands of terrorists.

"Because the real problem is that on the other end of the transaction, it's not easy to verify whose picking up the money," Ellison said.

He says he helped get a bill passed through the House of Representatives that addresses this issue, but it still needs to be approved by the Senate.

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