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south-east as winds pick up the situation worsened. the pum bell weed piling up in gardens. a quick reminder. you can always keep up-to-date with all the latest news on our website at aljazeera.com thanks for joining us on "america tonight". i'm joie chen. at the presidential race, what could be a major break weekend for candidates, the rhetoric is heating up with imbrings on the front burner. the pope decided some of the latest in his remarks about donald trump. while democratic senator bernie sanders is taking heat for his history on immigration issues. left behind, all of this, are the people at the heart of the debate. those that
leave their home country for opportunity in america. in some places, the current political environment is leaving warm welcomes in short supply. christopher putzel is in minnesota. >> reporter: this man is responding to an urgent call. a somalian woman is in trouble. >> someone has been arrested. they tell me that they are falsely accused. >> reporter: he came as a college student and stayed to business. >> so when i moved here in late 2005. there wasn't somali. there was less than 50, 100 people lived here then. >> with a growing
somali population, he has tone on a growing roll. more than 30,000 separated in minnesota. minneapolis is home to the largest somali clienty. the somali community accounts for 10% of the population, and more than 20" noted in the school. lately they noticed a change in mood. somali's have been coming here for a while. what is different. >> it's an anti-islamic and immigrant story issue of terrorism and i.s.i.s., and is playing a role into people being afraid. fearful of neighbours.
fuelling the tensions is a trouble aring reality. for -- troubling reality. although that number is a tiny fraction of the population here, the somali community is feeling the backlash. >> somali is unfa lir picked on -- unfairly picked on. they are the number one victims of terrorism. they are not the on one's recruited. they recruit whites, and others. >> reporter: most are supportive of the community, it's a rising tide of intolerance. last year, someone put pagans. dozens of somali teenagers walked out of high school after taunts by classmates. >> during lunch i had someone
take a picture and rite a picture about i.s.i.s. >> we encouraged racist acts. >> >> reporter: bullying is not just happening to teenagers. we are there when a frantic phone call was received about a somali mother had been arrested. after witnesses say she was bullet. >> a somali kid and a white kid. the incident escalated when the mother of the bully fought the somali at her apartment. >> face to face, to shut my saying you are nothing but a bitch. nothing. >> reporter: your friend has taken this down. >>y, the police arrived... >> yes. the police arrived at the
arrested. >> reporter: what were you accused of? >> a little boil saying "i'll kill you." accused of threatening children. >> yes, a little girl. >> she said she witnessed the incident and was frustrated that the police didn't interview her before taking her friend away in handcuffs. she say she thought america was people being equal. >> her husband couldn't understand why his wife was arrested. >> she didn't do anything wrong or bad. she has five kids. >> reporter: your wife was nine months pregnant? >> yes. >> reporter: upset over what he
saw as the bullying of a child and his pregnant mother taken to gaol. her husband and friend marched to the police station demanding answers and a chance to tell their kind of the story. the police chief declined to speak to "america tonight" on camera saying the investigation had only just started. all the police department confirmed was that he was charged with making violent threats and would spend the night in gaol. the predicament complicated langing barriers. but the sans of alienation is common to many refugees. someone is there in english. some don't understand the legal means, the language or all these things. >> i'm haji... >> troubling by the growing
tensions. cloud. >> they went this is not going to work. >> the solution is to bridge the divide and foster dialogue. problem. >> i don't like people saying that is your community, you deal with it it. the thing that is not happening community. >> natalie says when she grew up. there was little diversity it was referred to as white cloud. >> there are people coming in that are not white or christian. we have the opportunity to show this to everybody. instead they are saying i'm closing my door. literally at a meeting, a representativesor said i'm
closing my door to all muslims. in late january. doctor jeffrey was invited to do a presentation. >> i grew up in saudi arabia. and that is the contest for all of this. the most that i learnt i learnt over the internet. talking to people. getting books, reading, studying. putting it together. they want sharia law plied to muslims. it is a complete replacement system, and the intent is to replace our system with an islamic system. none of the event organizers would speak to "america tonight" on camera. >> reporter: what is the focus on sharia law? >> there's a lot of fear, cobb spir theories.
>> natalie, who is active in her church attended an immigrant meeting to appeal for tolerance among fellow christians. >> it did not go well. >> one woman came up saying i was not a real christian. the same woman, the next sunday at church was offering the ushering plate. violence. >> i see a man in front of me come up. it's my job when i meet a muslim to shoot them between the eyes. i don't think people can get a sense of how close we are to a horrible incident. >> reporter: last year, 50 miles quiet. >> a woman is attacked at apple bees, and it started because she spoke her language.
>> she was called while out to dinner with her family. she lived in minnesota for 15 years, and speaking to her two young cousins in swahili. >> a gentleman said speak english. and his wife say the past thing. we are like what's going on. why are people racist. because of people like you. i'm thinking people like me, what do you need. home. >> i said it was my home. minnesota, the kids don't know anything else. my husband said can we go. i looked and i felt something hit me. >> the woman scratched a beer mug across her face, resulting in her needing 17 stitches, the alleged perpetrator, 43-year-old
jody faces five years in prison on assault charges. she saw it she saw me. environment. >> the environment has been changed in a while. there's a lot of islamaphobia going around. and with people who want to be president, the next president and sit in the white house, instead of uniting people, you are separating people. and you say muslim are welcome. how do you feel about that. >> i don't know. i don't go out as much. i can't go out by myself. i don't want to do it. at the same time i feel like the trust has been broken. >> in st. cloud, the day of the incident.
she was held in gaol, awaiting a bond hearing. more than a doze in people in the community came to court in support of her release. this man risks losing his job as a machinist by skipping work to try to get his wife out of work. >> he just got his job. >> i want to know what is going on with my wife. it's more important. >> reporter: after two nights in gaol she was released but faces charges of making threats of violence, more handlingie, one thing is assured, the somali community is here to day. it's written now, like other history in regards to immigrants. and people coming to this
the tense relations between law enforcements and communities ever colour is known as a hashtag black lives matter. and a native hashtag - native lights matter. their young me they fear are at risk, coming from shocking statistics of missing and murdered women and shown by the disappearance of an up and coming star. sara hoy vets. >> if you met my girl. >> reporter: october 50th charles upton last saw his daughter mizzy alive.
the 32-year-old native american actress was at the height of her career. recently starring alongside merrill streep in august. >> movie reel: are you a legend. >> yep. >> reporter: her break out in 2008, when she appeared in the film "frozen river." >> there's free trade between nations. let's go. >> reporter: but there was a dark side to misty, not that many knew about. >> she would use alcohol and have psychotic episodes where her before changed. >> reporter: her father said she behaved differently on the day she went missing.
charles said the daughter was drinking heavily outside her home. with misty upset and erratic. help. >> i'm going to let them take me. she said don't worry about me. >> after police arrived charles was ordered back inside while officers searched the apartment. she needed to be in hospital. and they just said well, we'll bring her to the hospital. we'll keep an eye out for her. >> did the police do everything they could to leect the deal. >> within reason, yes. >> a commander with the auburn police department said the disappearance hadn't met criteria. or e mpa.
an e mpa is triggered when a person is missing undz unexplained circumstances, and the person is believed to be in danger. >> she had issues. that is not mental illness. >> missy upton's death is a high profile example. native american women are murdered or go missing at a higher rate. >> women are murdered at rates 10 times higher than the average. >> right this way. >> concerned that it didn't consider the disappearance in face. they turned to the family. >> we went to the push. it fell to them to organise a search party. >> all we did was think about where we'd run, if we had some
place to hide. >> and it was volunteers discover missy's body. at the bottom of an embankment. 11 days after going missing. missy died of blunt force injuries. missing. >> it was sat all around because she died. it's terrible news. if there's a reprieve at all for us, it was the medical examiner when they indicated where she disappeared. >> reporter: the police say the fall in this cliff was what killed her. investigation. >> right now we have no indication to lead us to believe
that missy's death was anything put an accident. >> "america tonight" was told that he was informed by a family friend who said two men beat his daughter and threw her down the raf even. what do you know now, do you see this as an accident or do you murdered? >> i believe she was murdered. and i'm going to find out how she did it. and ensure that justice is served. >> charles wants the federal bureau of investigation to investigate misty's death. the family is raising investigation in his honour for a lead. >> reporter: what did the world lose when we lost missy. >> we may never know.
>> it is a tough one. a parent ties, that's one thing. if a parent dice, it's translated into a mod esh day matter -- modern day matter. it is still alive. yet unreachable. >> this is the second time that the younger brother accepted a prize from my mother in norway. the reaction to the stug was on noticeable
turmoil. >> michael was a good father, keeping the family close. it was a close family, fortunately. and must have been difficult of them. >> they took away the passports of burmese children. they took them away after they went back to women. and after that they were not allowed to come until 1992. >> the mother is the ones that nurtured her children against the world.
if they were beside it at any point. they'll take it. some commentators, dereliction of duty. what about it. from sages 32, or mandela. >> my mother is described as a dissident. it is the means for democratic change. we should remember that her requestment the consequent essential resolution is that of the spirit. >> every day of the week slandered insult. in the way adopted by soldiers
who lost the essence of dig nitty, she has no right of reply. even if she did, she'd be the last person to reply in kind. >> you can see the entire documentary. aung san suy kyi, lady of no fear, sunday at 10:00p.m. eastern, only on al jazeera america that's "america tonight". tell us what you think at aljazeera.com. talk to us on twitter or facebook, and come back, we'll have more of tomorrow. >> our american story is written everyday. it's not always pretty, but it's real... and we show you like no-one else can. this is our american story. this is america tonight.
i'm david shuster in for ali velshi. tonight - two political parties in danger of being overrun. donald trump on the righted. bernie sanders on the left. and the pitch fork brigade are getting stronger tonight there are more indications that both democratic and republican parties, revealing a populous realignment. the latest polls indicate that bernie sanders and donald trump are regaining ground. they are tapping into anger at wall street for the trade deals, foreign business and politics.