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Minnesota House bill may ease Somali remittance program worries

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Bipartisan federal legislation aimed at easing roadblocks for Somali-Americans in Minnesota trying to transfer money to relatives in East Africa is on its way to the U.S. Senate.

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Those transfers, known as remittances, help form the backbone of the economy in Somalia. But over the last decade, many American banks quit working with Somali money transfer operators over fears of breaking anti-terrorism laws.

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