For all the talk about the security risks of Muslim "refugees" coming from Syria, little is said about another refugee program that has been delivering thousands of Muslims annually to U.S. cities for 33 years.
That country is Somalia, which, just like Syria, is a hotbed of Sunni jihad terrorism and warring factions of Shariah-compliant tribal clans.
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Every president since Ronald Reagan has his fingerprints on the Somali refugee program, but it really found its footing under President Clinton and hasn't slowed down since.
President Obama has, during his more than seven years in office, approved the resettlement of 47,500 Somali "refugees" into U.S. communities – and he's edging toward breaking the record for Somali resettlements set by his predecessor, George W. Bush.
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The Bush administration brought 49,613 Somalis to the U.S. over eight years, according to the U.S. State Department's refugee database. They were resettled by nonprofits such as Catholic Charities, Lutheran Social Services, Church World Services, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society and the National Association of Evangelicals' World Relief Corp.
Obama is on a pace to match Bush's record for Somali immigration sometime within the next three months, probably by late July.
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The vast majority of Somalis brought to the U.S. under the last four presidential administrations have been resettled in the Twin Cities region of Minnesota; in Columbus, Ohio; Seattle, Washington; San Diego, California; and Atlanta, Georgia.
But smaller cities have received large numbers as well, including Fargo, North Dakota; Shelbyville, Tennessee; Bowling Green, Kentucky; El Paso, Texas; Boise, Idaho; and Lewiston, Maine.
Since 1983, the U.S. has taken in a total of 132,224 Somalis, 99 percent of whom are Sunni Muslims who observe some form of Shariah law.
Mathematically speaking, 1.2 percent of Somalia's 10.6 million population has now been resettled in America.
Somalia has the longest running U.S. refugee program of any country. Sunnis from Somalia have been entering the U.S. since the early 1980s, a trickle at first, which turned into a flood by the mid-1990s. It reached its peak under President Bush in 2004, when he allowed nearly 13,000 Somalis into American cities in that one year.
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Obama's most robust year for Somali resettlement has been 9,000 in 2014, with just under that number coming in 2015 and likely again in 2016.
Globalism at work
Any Somali who flees to a United Nations refugee camp in neighboring Kenya, which is home to the world's largest refugee complex housing more than 350,000 Somalis, has a right to migrate to a more prosperous nation, according to U.N. protocol. The leading Western destinations for Somali refugees are the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States and Sweden, in that order, with significant numbers also taken in by the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark and Finland.
Goal 10 of the U.N. 2030 Agenda is to "reduce inequality within and among countries," and refugee resettlement is one of the ways the U.N. accomplishes this goal. And the U.N. has the full backing of corporate America with globalist power brokers such as George Soros, Warren Buffet, David Rockefeller, Michael Bloomberg and Disney's Bob Iger all pushing the same open-borders agenda.
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James Simpson, a fellow at the Center for Security Policy in Washington and author of "The Red-Green Axis: Refugees, Immigration and the Agenda to Erase America," said the Refugee Act of 1980 was written in such a way that the federal government can secretly funnel refugees into communities without the permission of cities and states.
"Before that, our refugee laws were designed primarily to rescue people who were fleeing communism," he said. "When Kennedy got a hold of it, things started to change."
He said Somalia serves as a textbook case in how the refugee law can be abused under the guise of humanitarianism, with nongovernmental organizations and religious "charities" getting paid by the federal government to resettle Third Worlders with or without the permission of state and local elected leaders.
The East Africa program has ebbed and flowed over the years but never ended, as Somalia remains in a perpetual state of civil war and tribal conflict. After the 9/11 attacks, President Bush cut the program down to a trickle – just 242 Somali refugees were admitted to the U.S. in 2002 – but then it picked right up where it left off in 2003.
In 2008, a large number of Somali refugees were caught falsifying applications to bring "relatives" to join them in the United States. The program was trimmed back but then ramped right back up in 2009 after a few minor reforms.
Then there is the problem with terrorism coming out of Somalia, which is home to the notorious al-Qaida affiliate al-Shabab.
Al-Shabab launched deadly massacres against Christians in Kenya last year at a mall and at a university. Dozens of Somali-American refugees and children of refugees have been charged over the years with providing material support to al-Shabab, ISIS and other overseas terror groups. More than 40 have left the U.S. since 2007 to join either al-Shabab or the Islamic State in Syria.
"The Somalia program has long ago lost pretty much all legitimacy," Simpson said. "They're the most problematic."
Simpson said both Democrat and GOP-led administrations have generally followed the agenda put forth by the United Nations and the legions of non-governmental organizations that support that agenda.
"The refugee resettlement industry, open-border activists and all the leftists want us to do it for either their own profit-making or their agenda-driven purposes," he said. "There's no other reason, no other rationale."
Are Somalis really 'refugees'?
He said refugees from Somalia and many other countries don't even meet the definition of a refugee under the 1951 Geneva Convention.
"The only way Somalis can claim refugee status is because, without a legitimate ruling government, it's basically one clan against the next," Simpson said. "And so if you're the clan that's out of power, then you're going to be oppressed. And next month or next year, maybe you're in power and it's the other guy that’s going to be oppressed. It's not truly a refugee situation; it's just the clan setup that's always been a part of Somalia."
In fact, one could argue the only time Somalia had any semblance of stability was under the Western-backed Siad Barre, who ruled the East African nation from 1969 to 1991, Simpson said.
"He knew how to coddle and manage all these different clans that would otherwise be at each other's throats and brought the only sense of stability that in Somalia I think has ever existed," he said.
So don't look for the Somali refugee program, now in its 33rd year, to end any time soon.
"Basically, what happened, the real truth is, it’s a radical leftist agenda just like any other aspect of the open-borders agenda. And they continue to bank on the fact that nobody's paying attention," Simpson said. "And so they'll just keep doing it as long as they can, until someone says, 'Whoa, wait a minute! What in the hell are you doing here?'"
Backlash grows as more Americans get educated
But more Americans are waking up to notice the dirty underbelly of a program masked by years with fluffy feature stories of desperate families rescued by America and the Statue of Liberty.
The backlash against the influx of Third World refugees has taken the open-borders lobby by surprise, fueling the rise of GOP front-runner Donald Trump and putting the refugee program on the defensive for the first time in its long history. So-called "pockets of resistance" have sprung up in South Carolina, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota and Idaho.
Residents of those states are especially concerned, in the wake of the attacks on San Bernardino, Paris and Brussels, about refugees arriving from jihadist hotbeds in Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. Many have argued that the most persecuted "refugees" in the world right now are Christians in Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Sudan and other Muslim-majority countries where they are relentlessly attacked, jailed, sold as sex slaves and killed. Yet, the Obama administration allows very few Christians into the U.S. from these countries. More than 98 percent of refugees from Syria have been Muslims, and 82 percent from Iraq this year have been Muslims.
Tennessee first state to challenge feds
The state of Tennessee is suing the federal government on the grounds that the refugee program is a violation of the 10th Amendment, which says all powers not specifically granted to the federal government lie with the states.
Tennessee is the first state to challenge the refugee program on the grounds of states' rights.
"Either we abide by the 10th Amendment, or we ignore it," State Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver told Breitbart. "It’s time for states to say no more federal overreach."
Even in the Democrat stronghold of Minnesota, many citizens are growing weary of the financial toll of the steady deliveries of Somali refugees to their cities and towns. The county commission in one community, Stearns County in the St. Cloud area, voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt a resolution in support of a bill in the state legislature that would require a state audit of public spending on refugee resettlement. More counties are expected to follow suit.
Commissioner DeWayne Mareck told the St. Cloud Times that the bill is "all about transparency," and any use of taxpayer money should require an audit.
"The taxpayers have a right to have a good and fair audit," added Jeff Johnson, a member of the St. Cloud City Council.
The problem of jihadists recruiting in the fertile territory of Minneapolis-St. Paul has become so acute that the federal government issued a $300,000 grant recently to a nonprofit that will use soccer sports and other means as a method to steer young Somalis away from the jihadists.
#UniteCloud, a grassroots organization that works to resolve "cultural tension" in the St. Cloud area, has spoken against the bills introduced in the Minnesota legislature, calling them "anti-refugee."
Remembering 'Blackhawk Down"
The excuse often given by those in the resettlement industry for prolonged refugee programs funneling "new Americans" from Iraq and Afghanistan is that "we broke it so we must fix it," a reference to the U.S. wars that destabilize the region and send large numbers of refugees fleeing their homes. Since the U.S. "broke" Iraq, for instance, the U.S. has an obligation to "fix" Iraq by taking in the refugees, they argue.
That argument may sound convincing in Iraq and Afghanistan, but what about Somalia?
"We didn't break Somalia like we broke Iraq," says Ann Corcoran, who has been following the refugee issue closely since 2007 and authors a blog at Refugee Resettlement Watch. "We didn't do anything to Somalia, as far as I know."
But Somalia did do something to the U.S., and a brutal telling of that story lit up American cinemas in 2001 with "Blackhawk Down." American soldiers on a humanitarian mission to help feed the starving Somalis in 1993 were killed, mutilated and paraded through the streets of Mogadishu.
Corcoran further notes that the same argument used by FBI and Homeland Security officials against Syrian refugees – that the U.S. is not capable of vetting refugees from a "failed state" – also applies to Somalia. The country has been embroiled in civil war for decades and does not provide reliable data on its citizens' backgrounds.
The United Nations issued a release Tuesday noting "progress" toward free elections in Somalia in 2016 but cautioned that such progress was "reversible" and that the terror group al-Shabab is still a formidable threat.
That's U.N. "doublespeak" for "no progress" on the refugee front, Corcoran said.
And so the flow of refugees from Somalia will continue, indefinitely, unless the next president sees a reason to end it.