Portland, Maine: White cabbie files discrimination lawsuit against city, all airport licenses went to Somalis and Iranians

Refugee Resettlement Watch

More refugee-related problems coming to light in Maine (see yesterday Lewiston Somali arsonist).  If the facts are true, it sure looks like an open and shut case of discrimination.

Somali cab drivers protesting in Portland in 2011. New city rule said they must apply in person for licenses (not with power-of-attorney while in Somalia!). There is clearly a heck of a lot going on with this licensing program and don’t you wonder why Somalis are so organized at airports around the country? http://bangordailynews.com/2011/12/05/news/portland/somali-taxi-drivers-say-new-portland-policy-aims-to-shut-them-down/

From the Portland Press Herald (emphasis mine):

A white taxicab driver has filed a lawsuit accusing the city of Portland of racial discrimination for denying him one of 45 permits to work as part of the Portland International Jetport’s taxi pool.

The driver, Paul McDonough of South Portland, said in the lawsuit filed Tuesday in Cumberland County Superior Court in Portland that the city’s current jetport…

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