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Nebraska: Lutherans, Somalis, meatpackers, mosques (and controversy) in small town America

Posted by Ann Corcoran on March 8, 2016

This is a story from late last month that should be nothing new to readers who have followed this blog since 2007.  We probably have 100 posts on this same subject, namely meatpackers working with the help of refugee resettlement contractors to spread Islam throughout the heartland.  LOL! Someone could write a book!


Meatpackers changing the face of the American heartland, here in Lexington, Nebraska.,_Nebraska

The story about a clash in Lexington, Nebraska about the location of a new Somali mosque is the subject of this lengthy report from the Omaha World-Herald late last month. (Sorry, just getting around to it now!).

Reporter Paul Hammel begins with this:

LEXINGTON, Neb. — The old Longhorn Laundry is an unlikely place for a showdown over the First Amendment.

You could easily miss the nondescript concrete building on a quiet downtown corner of this old cow town.

But ever since a group of Somali workers from the local meatpacking plant spread out a sea of Persian rugs in the expansive former laundry and began holding Muslim prayer services five times a day, there has been controversy.

City officials maintain that mosque leaders are ignoring local zoning laws and thumbing their noses at requirements for building permits and fire-code inspections.

They insist that the flap is about a lack of parking, not a denial of religious freedom, and that it wasn’t spurred by “Islamophobia.”

The attraction is employment at Tyson Foods:

African Muslims, mostly from war-torn Somalia, started arriving in the mid-2000s. Census estimates put the number of Somalis in Lexington at 769 in 2014 — a 40 percent increase from 2000. Local Somalis and those who work with them say there actually may be 1,500 or more living in the community.

Across Nebraska, census estimates show 2,100 Somali-born residents clustered in Omaha and Lincoln, and near meatpacking plants in Grand Island and Madison, as well as Lexington.

Read the whole thing, it is well worth it.  Hammel interviewed many of the players in the drama, including the Lutheran resettlement contractor out of Omaha.


We also have many posts here at RRW about the controversy with Somalis in Grand Island, NE over the years.

What do the numbers look like?

To get an idea of what has been going on in Nebraska and because I wanted to know if Lexington’s Somalis are so-called ‘secondary migrants,’ I had a look at the US State Department data base and learned that since Obama was elected, Nebraska has ‘welcomed’ 6,716 refugees and the numbers have been increasing each of those years.

Most of the refugees (seeded in Nebraska by federal ‘church’ contractors) are Burmese or Iraqis, but of course Somalis have been resettled as well.   (There are small numbers of Muslim Burmese and the largest group of Iraqis we admit to the US are Muslims. Somalis are virtually all Muslim.)

The largest numbers went to Lincoln and Omaha, but I was surprised to see that the Lutheran agencies operating in the state placed 33 Somalis directly in Lexington which is well over a hundred miles from any resettlement office (unless one of the federal contractors has set up a subsidiary office way out Interstate 80 in Lexington).  The larger numbers of Somalis reported are indeed ‘secondary migrants’ (resettled in another state who then moved to Nebraska for meatpacking work.) I’ll look into this further…..

See what we have reported about Nebraska over the last few years by clicking here.

11 Responses to “Nebraska: Lutherans, Somalis, meatpackers, mosques (and controversy) in small town America”

  1. […] Source: The Price of Resettling Refugees in America – Politically Short  h/t Refugee Resettlement Watch […]


  2. momodoom said

    This irks me:

    “the structure, which was rated to hold 400 people. Mosque officials objected, saying their facility never holds more than 80 people”

    “But Abdi said the mosque doesn’t want to move… It’s also easily reached by foot — which is how many of the men arrive for prayers.”

    “the city counted 80 vehicles associated with the mosque during a recent midday prayer service on a Friday…”

    So, does “never” include Fridays?

    How about these muslims make a commitment to ALWAYS TELL THE TRUTH, and perhaps then there won’t be so many people objecting to them?

    The city is concerned about parking, because the old laundromat can hold 400 people. When it fills up with people, the parking situation should be 5 times as bad as it is now.

    If 80 cars are at a service that is attended by “no more than 80” people, how many cars will there be when there are 400 people at the service?


  3. Obama funds scumbags for 2017…hundreds of thousands


    • Ann Corcoran said

      Great! He left out World Relief in his list of Volags, so I sent the writer an e-mail…otherwise great summary!


      • domstudent11 said

        I sent him one as well, since I just learned that refugee families (thanks to World Relief) have been placed in a family member’s apartment building.


  4. […] Source: Nebraska: Lutherans, Somalis, meatpackers, mosques (and controversy) in small town America […]


  5. Ann, sounds so much like the controversy we experienced in Emporia, Kansas a number of years ago when Catholic Family Charities brought Somalis to town to work at Tyson Beef Processors. Many of the Somalis had active cases of TB and that, among others, was one of our big complaints. We had a huge town meeting with all concerned including state welfare and county health and Tyson too. People were so very fed up. Within a short period of time, the Somali people were gone. They must have gone to Nebraska.

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    • Ann Corcoran said

      Hi Vickie, I remember it well… And, some moved to Colorado! Emporia is one of the few places in America to stop the invasion!

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    • domstudent11 said

      This is one reason why we have stopped buying meat from Tyson and Cargill. We have been buying grass-fed beef and chicken (or organic) and are thinking of buying directly from a farm. (We don’t buy Chobani yogurt either.)


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