Documentary producer Ami Horowitz interviews members of the Somali community in Minneapolis and finds support for Islamic law (Sharia) over American law and restrictions on freedom of speech.
COMMENT: The Somalis constitute a sizable ethnic group in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Some estimates are that 1 out of every 3 people with Somali ancestry in the U.S. live in Minnesota – a 2010 survey estimated the Somali community to be at 85,700 in the United States. The largest growth influx occurred as a result of refugee program efforts in response to the Somali civil war escalation in the 1990s.
The Minneapolis area has been experiencing a number of incidents involving ISIS recruitment. A February 2015 NPR article notes:
In the discussions at the White House this week, one city has focused minds: Minneapolis-St Paul. It had been ground zero for terrorist recruiters in the past, and is fast becoming the center of ISIS’ recruitment effort in the United States.
See this post from the Refugee Resettlement Watch blog regarding April 2015 terror arrests in the area along with information on the US government contractors involved in the refugee resettlement program.
… in 2007 Muslim countries accounted for about 20% of U.S. refugee admissions. In 2008 there was a marked increase with well over 50% (35,000+) of refugee admissions coming from predominately Muslim countries. This repeated in 2009-2013 …
Refugee Resettlement Watch recently reported on a letter written in a New Hampshire newspaper warning of a planned resettlement of Congolese refugees to Dover, ME. The letter referenced issues involving resettlement of Somali refugees to Lewiston, ME.
North of Portand, Lewiston is the second largest city in Maine and has a population of roughly 36,500 people. Since 2001, Somali refugees have been settling in Lewiston (and the surrounding town of Auburn) with numbers estimated at over 4,000 living in the Lewiston-Auburn area. A small percentage originated as direct placements through Federal refugee programs. The rest are part of secondary migration from other areas in the United States, primarily from Atlanta, GA. The main attraction appears to be Maine’s generous welfare system.
Welfare fraud seems to be a common occurrence where Somali refugees are concentrated.
Some media reports would leave readers to believe that all is well. A 2009 Newsweek article claims that Somali immigrants actually saved Lewiston. This may not be the case. Federal officials have had to address the concerns of Lewiston officials, as well as other cities, over the social impact and financial drains posed by the refugees.
Somalis are but a portion of Muslim refugees resettling in the United States. According to U.S.Department of State refugee statistics, in 2007 Muslim countries accounted for about 20% of U.S. refugee admissions. In 2008 there was a marked increase with well over 50% (35,000+) of refugee admissions coming from predominately Muslim countries. This repeated in 2009-2013 and the 2014 allocations authorize the increased level. For 2015, 12,000-15,000 Syrians alone, are projected for admission.
Europe has been facing serious cultural clashes involving Islamists and we’ve reported on a number of issues facing the U.K.. The United States is far from immune. With the increased threats posed by the ISIS/IS Caliphate. the logic in increasing Middle East refugee allotments seems almost self-destructive.
“The United States has already dealt with American immigrants fighting on behalf of Al-Qaeda in Somalia. For years, the FBI has been trying to unlock the secrets of what ABC News describes as “a recruiting pipeline from the Twin Cities”
European Muslims Traveling to Syria to Fight ‘Holy War’
29 Apr 2013, 12:12 PM
With America battling the threat of Islamist terrorism from within, Europe is experiencing a dangerous phenomenon of its own: exporting of Islamism from Europe to the Middle East. According to the Associated Press, European mayors are now attempting to limit the travel of their citizens to Syria to fight “holy war” against the Assad regime in Syria. The AP reports: “Through much of western Europe, scores of Islamic youths have heeded the call to take up arms for a cause that is only a few hours away by plane. The phenomenon has alarmed authorities amid signs that the insurgency is becoming increasingly radicalized, with strong infiltration by al-Qaida.”
COMMENT/ANALYSIS: While the article mentions U.S. immigrants fighting in Somalia, it is important to note the increasing number of those entering Syria or the instances of U.S. Muslim converts traveling from the U.S. to commit jihad. These Jihadi Terror Vacations are usually coordinated through cell groups operating through the support of neighborhood mosques.
The concern of terrorism being brought back from the war zones is very much a global issue.
- Why Young European Muslims Are Joining Radical Rebel Groups In Syria (warnewsupdates.blogspot.com)
- Syria’s European Jihadis (nationalreview.com)
- Report: Syria Has Replaced Pakistan And Afghanistan “As Main Destination For Islamists Seeking To Obtain Combat Experience”… (righttruth.typepad.com)
- American jihadi in Somalia tweets photos of alleged ‘assassination attempt’ (globalnews.ca)