Over the past decade, the United Nations, U.S. Department of State’s Office of Refugee Resettlement and a wide range of immigrant advocates including religious organizations have been answering the desires expressed by Muslims in Somalia and bringing thousands into the United States.
The result? Violence and social conflict is on the rise where large groups have settled in Minneapolis; Seattle; Nashville; Shelbyville, Tenn.; Garden City, Kan.; Emporia, Kan.; St. Louis and Greeley, Colo.
The situations make trained observers wonder how could such situations develop. Just a year ago a 26-year-old Somali man was sought as a “person of interest” in the killings of the mother of his child and three others. And authorities just a few weeks back indicted 29 members of the Somali Outlaws, Somali Mafia and Lady Outlaws for trafficking in sex slaves in Minnesota and in Tennessee.
The problem, experts suggest, is that the societal standards in the Islam-dominated Somalia and the United States are too different to simply transplant those, even the needy, from one place to the other without someone standing in the gap and offering guidance.
For example, in Somalia, Muslims periodically behead Christians simply for being Christian. Other members of the community are stoned for offenses such as adultery. Women are beaten for failing to cover themselves according to Muslim doctrine.
Meanwhile, the programs facilitating the flood of Somalians moving from Africa to the United States are described as “humanitarian.”
After all, since Somalia gained its independence as a U.N. protectorate some 50 years ago, it has been a hotbed of violence and social chaos. With no functioning government, it is run by a network of vicious clan warlords, sea-going pirates, khat-smoking terrorists and their friends.
Critics suggest that those factors, clan rivalries, religious beliefs and social customs, have been brought directly into the U.S. along with the immigrants, and those create huge conflicts.
Documentation of violence related to the immigrant community has come from the Minneapolis, Seattle, Nashville and other areas where large number of Somalis have congregated.
Another instance of violence that is an example of the conflict in social standards includes the situation in 2008 when a Muslim immigrant from Somalia, now of Atlanta, was attending a religious conference at a mosque in Shelbyville, Tenn. After the conference, the man stole a car and then entered a Baptist church and tried to sexually assault a woman. After his failed rape attempt, he stole a truck and flipped it over during a police chase.
Authorities also report a Somali refugee in St. Louis, Mo., was arrested in November 2010 for funneling money to a Somali terrorist group linked to al-Qaida. Taxi driver Mohamud Abdi Yusuf, who came to the U.S. as a refugee, was charged with providing money to the terrorist group al-Shabaab. Two more Somalis were also charged with providing assistance to this terrorist organization.
Then there have been the demands by Somali workers of their employers:
- Officials in Emporia, Kan., reported a spike in latent tuberculosis cases and outrage from residents when large numbers of Somalis began arriving in 2006 to work at a Tyson Foods plant and made demands of their employer.
- Somali meat packing workers in Grand Island, Neb., caused problems with Latino and other workers when they insisted that the company provide a schedule that allowed them time for their evening prayers. Raul A. Garcia, who was among 1,000 Latino and other workers who protested when the JBS plant granted the Somalis their request, saying, “They act like the United States owes them.”
- More than 200 Somalis working at a JBS meat packing plant in Greeley, Colo., walked off the job in September 2008. They were angry that the company wouldn’t let them have a regular prayer schedule during working hours. The company eventually fired more than 100 of the protesters.
- More Somalis in a Tyson Foods plant in Tennessee also demanded that the company replace the Labor Day holiday with a day off for the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr. The company agreed, but later reversed itself.
Reporter Brian Mosely of the Shelbyville Times-Gazette reported:
“I found that there was just an enormous culture clash going on here. The Somalis were – according to a lot of the people I talked to here – being very, very rude, inconsiderate, very demanding. They would go into stores and haggle over prices. They would also demand to see a male salesperson, would not deal with women in stores. Their culture is totally alien to anything the residents are used to.
“We’re talking about people who have not had any experience with Western civilization. They don’t know the language. Things like running water are a miracle to some of these folks … you don’t take people from a totally alien culture, put them into a community, and then say ‘alright, you must get along,’” he said.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is the agency that recommends who is to be considered for entrance into the U.S. as a refugee, and the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Refugee Resettlement works with the U.N. to determine who is granted refugee status in the U.S.
Prior to the 1990s, the U.S. determined who received refugee status – and refugees from Muslim countries were low on the list.
However, in recent years this has shifted. Now, there are high numbers of refugees from Iraq, Burma, Bhutan, Iran and Somalia. In fact, at least 40 percent of the refugees are Muslims.
President Obama has issued a determination letter to Congress that will permit an additional 80,000 refugees to come to the U.S. – mostly from Muslim countries. According to Obama, the importation of Somalis and other refugees into the U.S. is “justified by humanitarian concerns or is otherwise in the national interest.”
According to the Refugee Settlement Watch, when these Muslims arrive, they automatically are eligible for federal, state and local welfare programs for 30 days.
Federal assistance includes Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Medicaid, food stamps, public housing, Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability Insurance, Child Care and Development Fund, Low-Income Energy Assistance, Postsecondary Education loans and grants and more.
Further, Muslims and other refugees are resettled by charitable organizations, including many funded by George Soros-front groups.
Ann Corcoran, who runs the Refugee Settlement Watch website, reports the Soros link to many immigration/refugee “reform” groups, including:
- American Immigration Council
- American Immigration Law Foundation
- Fair Immigration Reform Movement
- Immigrant Defense Project
- Immigrant Legal Resource Center
- Immigrant Workers Citizenship Project
- Immigration Policy Center
- Migration Policy Institute
- National Immigration Law Center
The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) provides funding for other organizations, including the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition based in Nashville.
The MPI also receives funding from Unbound Philanthropy, run by William Reeves. He provides funding for the American Immigration Law Foundation, International Rescue Committee, Southern Poverty Law Center and the International Rescue Committee. Reeves also donated to Active Voice, a radical group in San Francisco that has produced a film attacking Shelbyville residents for their reaction to the Somali invasion of the quiet town.
Addressing the problem
But is there a solution?
Corcoran has some suggestions: “As a conservative I don’t believe the government should be taking money from citizens and giving it with virtually no oversight to non-profit groups and churches. Funding your charitable causes is not a function of government. Real charity … is for you to put your time and money into caring for people – immigrants, refugees or other impoverished people – not badgering others to do so or taking (stealing!) their money to redistribute it to others.”
She continued, “Refugee families should be individually sponsored by churches or other groups in a truly charitable endeavor, and we should not take more families than we can take care of. There are millions of refugees in the world and we will be only able to take so many, so we should be doing it right.”
She said there needs to be a thought process before the borders are opened.
“There needs to be a national debate about how many refugees and other immigrants we take and from what cultures they come from. Frankly, we have made a grievous error in taking the Muslim refugees, Somalis in particular, who have no intention of becoming Americans. They are here to change America. Unfortunately, political correctness and a worshipful attitude toward multiculturalism have blinded us. The explosion on this front is yet to come and it will be like the Maj. Hasan slaughter at Ft. Hood and there will be much finger pointing and gnashing of teeth about who is to blame primarily at the U.S. State Department.”
She said the nation needs to have “a realistic discussion about the impact of the increased number of people on our natural resources (air, water, energy), how many schools, houses, cars etc. will be needed and what impact will that have on open space and quality of life.”
“It makes no sense to bring in tens of thousands of refugees and place them on welfare and other public assistance either. Unless, of course, you are a proponent of the Cloward-Piven/Alinsky strategy of bringing about crisis to crash our form of government,” she said.
In an interview with WND, Corcoran suggested that the entire refugee resettlement program be put on hold for several years until there are more sensible policies in place to determine who gets to relocate to the United States.
And immigration from those areas where previous program participants have been involved in problems would have to be reconsidered, and the nation may have to realize that some immigrants do not want to, or intend to, become American.
“We have been so beaten over the head that all cultures are equal that we have to start thinking about the possibility that all cultures are not equal. Some people are raised in a culture of lying, cheating, stealing and murdering and think nothing of it because that’s part of their culture. Islam contributes to this attitude, too. Islam says that Muslims can do anything they want to infidels because we’re the scum of the earth. There are some cultures that will fit in America and some cultures won’t,” she said.