Feds’ relocation of Somali refugees stresses Minn. welfare, raises terror fears


Washington Times:

The State Department has helped to relocate tens of thousands of refugees from the war-torn African nation of Somalia to Minnesota, where they can take advantage of some of America’s most generous welfare and charity programs.

But the effort is having the unintended consequence of creating an enclave of immigrants with high unemployment that is both stressing the state’s safety net and creating a rich pool of potential recruiting targets for Islamist terror groups.

In the fiscal year that ended in September, Minnesota welcomed 1,118 Somali refugees arriving directly from Africa, most of them without family ties to the state, according to State Department statistics. Overall, more than 30,000 Somalis live in the midwestern state comprising the nation’s largest concentration of Somali immigrants, according to U.S. Census data.

Many of the refugees settle near the Twin Cities, with Minneapolis being dubbed “Little Mogadishu” after the capital of Somalia.

This population is also being targeted by Islamist terror organizations like the Islamic State and al-Shabab, a Somalia-based group with links to al Qaeda, according to U.S. officials.

Among Minnesota-based Somali-Americans, American converts to Islam or Somali refugees, there have been numerous convictions for various levels of collaboration with Islamist terror groups, plus reports of fighting with al-Shabab or other Islamist groups.

On Sunday, al-Shabab made a propaganda video warning of an attack on shopping malls around the world, including the Mall of America in Minnesota. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the terror attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Kenya two years ago, which left 67 dead.

“We have definitely seen targeted terror recruitment videos, videos aimed and targeted directly at the youth here in Minnesota primarily within the Somali community,” said Kyle Loven, an FBI spokesman in Minneapolis. “They’re going after disaffected youth — those who are isolated. We can’t get into specifics, but we’ve been involved in major investigations since 2007 and continue to be.”

Most of Minnesota’s Somali population started off as legal refugees through a program administered by the U.S. State Department through the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.

Minnesota was selected among the nation’s states for relocation primarily because of its robust entitlement offerings and the number of charitable organizations operating within the state with which the State Department contracts….


One Response

  1. Minnesota non-Muslims, all those who have woken up to the danger represented by the Muslim Fifth Column, are going to have to start making noise, lots of noise, and applying pressure to their politicians.

    Demanding, first and foremost, a halt to Muslim immigration.

    When in hole, **stop digging**.

    It is time to stop importing Muslims into Minnesota ..or into any other part of the United States.

    No. more. Muslims.

    For wherever there are Muslims, there WILL be Jihad, sooner or later.

    Time to STOP playing “Muslim roulette”…”will this one or that one, these ones or those ones, Go Jihad on us?…and if they don’t do it now, will they or won’t they – or their children – do it in future?” Because the answer to that question is this: that, going by the observable realities of human history, and what has already happened within the United States, some of them – and more and more of them, the more Muslims there are, the stronger they feel themselves to be – WILL. And then lots and lots of people will be dead, who will NOT have been dead, had those many Muslims NOT been so foolishly allowed inside the gates.

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