Ann Corcoran at Refugee Resettlement Watch asks the rhetorical:
Does it make any sense for US taxpayers to pay for programs to keep Somali refugee youths from becoming Islamic terrorists while those same taxpayers shell out millions of tax dollars every year to bring more unwilling-to-assimilate Somalis to America?
The Islamic State’s Cyber Army used an online cellphone app to post a “kill list” of names, addresses, phone numbers and other personal information on 36 police officers in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.
The FBI said this week it is investigating the case but analysts say it’s obvious why ISIS chose to target the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
The area is home to America’s largest Somali refugee community and has been a hotbed of Islamic terrorist recruitment dating back to at least 2007. Since then more than 34 young Somalis have left Minnesota to join the ranks of foreign terror groups, including the Islamic State in Syria and al-Shabab in Somalia. Others have been convicted of sending material support to overseas terrorist organizations.
It’s not as though Congress hasn’t been warned about the festering radicalism of Somali youth.
Back in March 2009 the Senate Homeland Security Committee heard testimony that Somali youth were being radicalized in Minnesota.
The 2009 hearing highlighted the case of Shirwa Ahmed, a 27-year-old Somali who came to Minnesota as a refugee and was radicalized in his adopted country by al-Shabab – which convinced him to travel to Somalia and blow himself up along with 29 others.
“The idea that Ahmed was radicalized in the United States raised red flags throughout the U.S. intelligence community,” CNN reported at the time. The incident – the first suicide bombing by a naturalized U.S. citizen – was the “most significant case of homegrown American terrorism recruiting based on violent Islamist ideology,” then Sen. Joseph Lieberman said at the Senate hearing.
The problem has only gotten worse since 2009. Andrew Luger, the U.S. Attorney for Minnesota, admitted last spring, after six more Somalis were arrested for trying to board planes bound for Turkey with plans to join ISIS, that his state has “a terror-recruitment problem.”
Yet, the Obama administration has kept the pipeline of new Somali “refugees” well-oiled. They continue to come at a rate of 700 per month, most of them coming from United Nations’ camps in Kenya – camps that the Kenyan president has threatened to shut down because of their suspected ties to terrorist attacks inside his country.
The problem of terror recruitment in Minnesota has become so palpable that the federal government is now issuing grants to nonprofits for the purpose of teaching young Somalis not to succumb to the temptation of joining “extremists” like ISIS and al-Shabab.
According to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press, six organizations working with Somali youth in Minnesota have been awarded $300,000 in grants as part of a federal pilot program designed to combat terrorism. Boston and Los Angeles are also participating.
Marcus Pope, director of partnerships and external relations for Youthprise, the nonprofit administering the money, said Minnesota is home to many creative and bright Somali youth, but many of them face “formidable challenges, including a sense of alienation, a search for identity as new immigrants, unemployment and poverty that can open them to recruitment by extremist groups.”
Of course many immigrants throughout American history could offer the same excuse, that they came to their new country with nothing but the shirts on their backs – dirt poor – but they did not have a history of participating in terrorism nor did they offer aid to those who wished to harm America.
This begs the question, if the Somalis are such a problem that they require special taxpayer-funded programs to teach them how to avoid the temptation of terrorism, why does the Obama administration continue to place them into dozens of U.S. cities and towns?
The U.S. has taken in more than 115,000 Somali refugees since 1992. They have large families and some estimates put the current size of the Somali-American community at more than 200,000.
And the flow continues at break-neck speed.
In just the first 10 weeks of 2016, from Jan. 1 through March 17, the U.S. State Department has imported 1,984 Somali refugees from U.N. camps, according to the department’s refugee database.
For the past 12 months, the government has imported 8,386 Somalis. That’s an average of 700 Somalis per month going into small, medium and large cities across the United States. Towns as small as St. Cloud and Willmar, Minnesota; Fargo and Grand Forks, North Dakota; Irving and Amarillo, Texas; Greeley, Colorado; High Point and Durham, North Carolina; Lexington and Omaha, Nebraska; Anchorage, Alaska; Noel, Missouri; Boise, Idaho; Wichita, Kansas; Bowling Green and Owensboro, Kentucky; Portland and Lewiston, Maine, have all received at least a dozen Somali refugees over the past year. Some of these small towns, like St. Cloud, have received hundreds of Somalis, sparking a citizen backlash that has been previously reported by WND.
The Somalis have been resettle in Minnesota by Lutheran Social Services and Catholic Charities. The government pays these agencies nearly $2,000 for every refugee they resettle and also awards grants to provide specialized services to the refugees.
Top 20 cities receiving Somali refugees
The cities receiving the most Somali refugees over the past 12 months are as follows:
- Minneapolis-St. Paul – 646
- Columbus, Ohio – 412
- Buffalo, N.Y. – 361
- Syracuse, N.Y. – 307
- Dallas-Ft. Worth – 302
- Salt Lake City, Utah – 276
- San Diego – 275
- St. Cloud – 243
- Louisville, Ky. – 236
- Phoenix, Ariz. – 218
- Seattle, Wash. – 212
- Erie, Pa. – 207
- Atlanta – 159
- Glendale, Ariz. – 155
- Tuscon – 154
- Boston – 153
- Houston – 150
- Nashville – 148
- Kansas City, Mo. – 145
- Portland, Ore. – 132
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