Somalis seem to be keeping American courts busy these days. I just minutes ago wrote about the Somali charged in San Antonio with helping illegal aliens enter the US (here) and then up pops this story from San Diego.
From SignOn San Diego:
SAN DIEGO — The arrest of the leader of a City Heights mosque, a man described as a revered figure who was known for advocating nonviolence and tolerance, has stunned the close-knit Somali community in City Heights, where many refugees of the war-torn country live, work and pray.
Mohamed Mohamed Mohamud, 38, appeared in federal court Wednesday to answer to charges that he was involved in a conspiracy to provide money and other aid to al-Shabaab in Somalia, which U.S. authorities have designated a foreign terrorist organization.
Mohamud and co-defendant Issa Doreh, 54, pleaded not guilty. A third defendant, Basaaly Saeed Moalin, 33, pleaded not guilty to similar charges Tuesday.
Mohamud has been the imam — the religious leader — of Masjid Al-Ansar on Winona Avenue for 10 years, said Bashir Hassan, secretary of the small mosque that primarily serves Somali refugees. Doreh and Moalin both attended the mosque, Hassan said.
San Diego’s Somali community, estimated at more than 10,000 people, is the second largest in the United States, behind Minnesota’s Twin Cities.
Every city with a Somali population has a Somali “communty center” of some sort ostensibly to help refugees get settled and get signed up for government goodies. These so-called Ethnic Community Based Organizations are usually funded by taxpayers. It would be interesting to learn how or why this ECBO in San Diego, connected to one of the three arrested, is now defunct.
Doreh, a longtime San Diego resident, was at one time president of the now defunct Somali Community of San Diego, one of many nonprofit organizations that were launched in the early 1990s when many Somali refugees came to the area.
For new readers: We have admitted well over 100,000 Somali refugees to the US. To check out the numbers visit this post, probably our most widely read post over the last few years. In FY2010 which ended September 30th the US State Department resettled 4,884 Somalis (here) to towns near you.
Also, after being closed for nearly two years, the US State Department is on the verge of resuming the fraud-ridden family reunification program that admitted as many as 36,000 Somalis fraudulently to the US between 2003 and 2008. See the latest on new regulations, here.