MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The military Humvees, officers in combat gear and the occasional F-16 flying over downtown Minneapolis are all part of the beefed up security that comes with hosting the Super Bowl.
But those images can be scary for immigrants who have fled war or are afraid of authorities.
A special team has been working for weeks to reach these communities directly and reassure them that authorities are working to keep them safe — and that everyone can partake in the festivities. They've been spreading their messages through radio broadcasts, television programs, social media and in-person meetings with elders and community members.
Michael Yang is a specialist working with the southeast Asian community. He says images of war are still fresh in the minds of many Hmong, and he's been telling people they don't need to be afraid.