Betsy Hodges

Mayors call for restoration of Somali remittances


The U.S. Conference of Mayors passed a resolution June 22 calling for action at the federal level to help Somali immigrants send money home to their families.

Moved by Mayor Betsy Hodges and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, the resolution is a response to the Merchants Bank of California’s February closing of all Somali-American money transfer operators’ accounts. It was adopted during the 83rd annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors held June 19–22 in San Francisco.


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