It’s no coincidence ISIS is recruiting in the Twin Cities area. There is a huge population of 30,000 Somali Muslims who live there.
I would say the area has a Muslim problem, but that’s just me.
A recent Business Insider report states there has been a “string of Islamic State-related arrests over roughly the last year” due to the “large Somali community.” Andrew Lugar, U.S. Attorney for Minnesota, speaking at an FBI news conference stated: “To be clear. We have a terror-recruiting problem in Minnesota…Parents and loved ones should know that there is not one master recruiter organizing in the Somali community locally…the person radicalizing your son, your brother, your friend, may not be a stranger. It may be their best friend right here in town.”
The article also addresses former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s community outreach program to curb the growing trend of young Somalis joining ISIS — a program the Twin Cities participated in. The program included “outreach to Somali youth, after-school and mentorship programs, community engagement by local police officers, increasing the number of Somali officers, and jobs and education programs.”
You know, because if only they had jobs, all would be well. Or so some still contend, against all evidence.
Meanwhile, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges jumped into the fray on the one year anniversary of the outreach pilot program: “Minneapolis’ Somali community is a tremendous asset to our city.” (Mayor Hodges is a full blown dhimmi as you can see in the photo below, wearing a hijab to a meeting with members of the Somali community.)
And just how is the Somali community a “tremendous asset” to the city? Let me count the ways.
Per The Clarion Project, last summer a federal grand jury in St. Paul investigated 20 – 30 Somalis alleged to be plotting to join ISIS. A local CBS affiliate reported that “for the past seven years, federal agents have been investigating and prosecuting Minnesota’s so-called “terror pipeline.”
Just how big of an “asset” is a “terror pipeline?
Per National Review, investigations connected 21 Minneapolis Somalis-turned-jihadists with local mosques — mosques that claimed to have a “zero tolerance policy toward extremism.” (I guess it all depends what your definition of “extremism” is. Not to mention the taqiyya factor.)
The National Review article continued: “The problem likely resides in Somali culture, particularly as it has found expression in America. Somali cashiers at Minneapolis Targets have refused to check out pork products. Somali cab drivers at the Minneapolis–St. Paul International Airport have refused to transport passengers with dogs or with alcohol. And these are not ‘radicals.’…most American Somalis prefer, when it comes to the U.S. of A., to have one foot in and one out….”
Meanwhile, in addition to the burgeoning population of jihadists and those asserting supremacy through creeping Sharia, there’s the issue of government dependency. Consortium of Defense Analysts reported that “many of the Somali refugees remain dependent on welfare, while the young men become radicalized by unscrupulous imams.”
Wow. Is that ever a losing combination for the rest of us, or what?
Addressing the ever-present silence in the Muslim community following terror attacks, Robert Spencer wrote: “when Islamic jihadists mostly from Somalia, and apparently including some Somali Muslims who lived in the United States, carried out a bloody jihad massacre at Nairobi’s Westgate Mall, the ‘Twin Cities Somali community’ mounted no protest against this alleged twisting and hijacking of their peaceful religion.”
World Net Daily (WND) had an illuminating piece that began with a brief overview of the Refugee Act of 1980, explaining that after five years refugees can become U.S. citizens, after which time they can bring family members.
Good deal for them. Bad deal for us.
The report at WND also explained that the federal government targets Minnesota (among a handful of other states) for Somali refugee resettlement because the state has “generous social-welfare programs and strong network of Christian charities.”
Family Security Matters described how Somali immigrants have “transformed small towns and cities throughout the United States into tuulas (Somali villages).” It reported on how American Somalis live in insular communities and, compared to the general population, are the least educated, have the highest unemployment rate, and have the highest poverty rate. They do appear to be willing to live in remote regions of the country as long as the welfare system is easy to access.
The newcomers have shown scant interest in securing employment. When Renee Bernier, the president of the Lewiston city council, offered to hire 30 Somalis at the rate of $8 to $10 an hour to hold warning signs at construction sites, few displayed interest. The handful, who did apply, said that they were only willing to work between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Tell me when we get to the “asset” part, because I think I missed it.