Kim Crockett, vice president of a Minnesota think tank, has been placed on an unpaid 30-day disciplinary suspension for comments she made about Somali-Americans in a recent New York Times story examining the resistance to refugee resettlement in St. Cloud.
The article, published Thursday under the headline “ ‘These People Aren’t Coming From Norway’: Refugees in a Minnesota City Face a Backlash,” quoted several anti-immigration activists who are advocating for an increasingly explicit anti-Muslim agenda. Sources sounded off on their fears that the influx of Somali immigrants to the predominantly white region is fundamentally changing the culture.
Crockett, of the Center of the American Experiment, told the reporter that she plans to challenge the resettlement program in court.
On Thursday, the center issued a statement condemning Crockett’s controversial comments.
The Center of the American Experiment is a conservative think tank established in 1990.