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Aug 7, 2018, 10 tweets

I’m at a polling site in Hamtramck, the city with the highest percentage of immigrants in Michigan. Campaign signs in Bengali, Arabic, and English.

Immigrants from Bangladeh and Yemen are running for a State House seat:

Long lines now at 2 precincts at Hamtramck High School.

“Vote Here,” signs in Bengali, Arabic, and Polish:

“Impeach Trump,” says t-shirt of a man in Hamtramck, Michigan:

One of the Hamtramck candidates in the State Rep. race is an immigrant from Bangladesh who describes himself in campaign sign as Former Army Sergeant, Iraq War Veteran, Muslim, Activist, Democrat:

Hamtramck City Councilman Saad Almasmari, an immigrant from Yemen running for State Rep, said more minorities in Arab and South Asian communities are voting this year, concerned about Trump:

10 minutes before polls close, still long voting lines at 2 precincts in Hamtramck.

At least 24 immigrants or children of immigrants, almost half Muslim, are running in today’s primary election in southeastern Michigan. #MIprimary #MichiganPrimary

Voting is over in 2 precincts in Hamtramck. #miprimary

Some in the Bangladeshi-American community, including State House candidate Rabbi Alam, are gathering at Aladdin restaurant in Hamtramck now to eat and discuss results of #MIPrimary.

The 3 Chaldean (Iraq Catholic) candidates in metro Detroit who ran for 2 state legislative seats and a US House seat all lost their races yesterday.
With State Rep. Kesto leaving, there will be no Iraqi-American representation in Lansing or in state’s Congressional delegation.

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