A former refugee from Liberia running for the Minnesota Legislature teaches the Constitution, supports gun rights, and wants immigration restrictions.

A former refugee from Liberia running for the Minnesota Legislature teaches the Constitution, supports gun rights, and wants immigration restrictions.

Alexander Buster Deputie is running a long-shot bid for state Senate on a conservative platform. Sahan Journal’s reporting is free to everyone. That means we don’t put our essential journalism behind a paywall. But, as a nonprofit newsroom, we can’t do this critical work without your help. Become a monthly donor today to help us continue to provide award-winning reporting to our community. Thank you. A turning point in Alexander Buster Deputie’s life came one day when a friend pulled him aside at church. At the time, Buster Deputie and his wife, Cassie, were already supporting their four children (they have seven now). To help, Buster Deputie enrolled his family in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. Enrolling in a program like SNAP was familiar to him: His family collected aid for years after coming to Minnesota from Liberia as refugees in 1991. But then his church buddy presented a different take: He explained to Buster Deputie that the Bible instructs husbands and fathers to provide for their families. The government aid he received from a program like SNAP, Buster Deputie’s friend told him, comes off the backs of others. “That actually broke me,” said Buster Deputie, now 35. “The idea for me was that, as a man, I can do it. Why am I not doing it?” After weeks of deliberation, he decided to take his family off SNAP. (He recalled a 45-minute argument with a social worker who insisted his family should […]

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