WND: MN Rep. Michele Bachmann talks about home grown Somali Jihadists

Once again, reporter Leo Hohmann at World Net Daily does a very thorough report on the refugee program and the Minnesota Somali Jihadists we are raising.  See our comments on two earlier articles by Hohmann here and here.

Rep. Michele Bachmann: It is willful blindness.

World Net Daily (hat tip: Deb).  Emphasis below is mine:

Political correctness and a “willful blindness” are preventing the FBI from rooting out Islamic jihadists that continue to make headlines in her home state of Minnesota, says Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann.

In an exclusive interview with WND, Bachmann responded to news this week that two Somali-Americans from the Minneapolis-St. Paul area had left to fight with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS. One had obtained a security clearance at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, where he held a job cleaning jets for Delta Airlines. Both men died on the battlefield in Syria.

Please read the discussion about the FBI, and here are some segments about the refugee program that brought most of the Somalis to America:

The Minneapolis area has become home to more than 50,000 Somalis since the early 1990s. They have been brought there by the U.S. State Department through the Refugee Resettlement Program authorized by the Refugee Act of 1980. In a report earlier this week, WND detailed how several Christian charities work as contractors for the federal government to resettle the refugees using taxpayer-funded grants.


Two of those who recently died fighting for ISIS in Syria have come from the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, where thousands of Islamic refugees have been resettled from the war-torn African nation of Somalia since the early 1990s. Portions of Minneapolis have been dubbed “Little Mogadishu” for their high concentrations of Somali refugees. Several thousand new refugees are brought in each year by the federal government, which delivers resettlement services through grants made to Christian charitable organizations like Lutheran Social Services, Catholic Charities and World Relief Minnesota.

The Somali families tend to be large, and the roughly 25,000 transplants have mushroomed into more than 50,000 Somalis living in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Some estimate the population of east Africans there could be as high as 85,000.

With that burgeoning Muslim population have come mosques and Islamic schools, funded largely with Saudi Arabian money and recruiters for radical Sunni Muslim terror groups like ISIS in Syria and al-Shabab in Somalia.

The FBI has been investigating, on and off, the Minneapolis community’s ties to Middle Eastern terrorist groups since 2007. That investigation is now officially back on, a FBI spokesman told WND, and the agency has confirmed that up to 25 Somali-Americans from Minnesota have left the country to fight with militant Islamic jihadists overseas.

Read it all, there is much more!

Is yours a “welcoming” state for refugees? The answer may depend on your Hepatitis and HIV treatment availability

That is one of the interesting facts we are learning while reading through ORR’s Key Indicators for Fiscal Year 2015.  We have been telling you about it (see here and here).

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has recently been compiling statistics on such things as employment opportunities and whether your state has generous social service benefits and healthcare to help refugees get the very best care they can get.


I found the ‘Access to Health Care’ on page 18 of the Statistical Abstract enlightening.

By the way, if yours is one of 26 states expanding Medicaid, yours will be a more “welcoming” location than the 19 (stingy) states which have not.

Access to Health Care

Access to health care and health insurance is an important consideration in refugee placement and resettlement decisions. Depending on their circumstances, refugees may be eligible for different types of health insurance, including Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program, Refugee Medical Assistance (RMA), employer-based plans, and private insurance available through the Health Insurance Marketplace. However, many refugees are uninsured. In fact, one third of refugees from ORR’s Annual Survey in 2011 lacked medical of any kind throughout the preceding year. In addition, the availability of “safety net” health services varies by state.

Initial placement decisions can have a long-term impact on refugees’ health outcomes;

For example:

* Treatment for chronic Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C can last up to one year. People with these conditions who are resettled in a state where RMA is the only health insurance option will be less likely to start or complete treatment.

* Refugees with HIV will require specialized care; the availability of long-term health
insurance and the robustness of local Ryan White programs (especially, waiting periods to
access anti-HIV medications) should be considered when making placement decisions
regarding people with HIV.

You really should check out the report, you will learn a lot about how generous (or not) your state is and how well refugees are doing finding jobs and keeping them.

And, how is your TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families)?  There is a very detailed state-by-state list of how much refugees get and what the rules are in your state.

Oh, and we learned one more thing!  ORR is using your tax dollars for “gaining socio-political support for the refugee program.”

For new readers, we have an extensive ‘health issues’ category, click here.  You may be surprised to learn that in addition to HIV and Hepatitis, we take refugees with TB, venereal diseases and parasites as well.

Mississippi governor wants “refugee” program put on hold in his state

Wow!  Another ‘pocket of resistance!’

This is mostly about the ‘Unaccompanied alien children’ which I am shocked to report Catholic Charities (in this news account) is already calling “refugees!”  They are NOT refugees until they are legally determined to be asylum seekers who have been granted asylum through an administrative or court proceeding!  (These religious Leftists are pretty sneaky with the language they choose!)

Mississippi Governor Bryant: I want to be convinced we are not a gateway. Photo: http://capsules.kaiserhealthnews.org/index.php/2013/02/feds-blame-mississippi-governor-for-exchange-denial/

From MS News Now:

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) –

“Over 200 young adults and children that have been sent to this state by the Obama administration and we have no idea where they’re at.”

That concern has shifted Governor Bryant’s focus to the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program. Catholic Charities Executive Director Greg Patin says his organization has been running it for more than 30 years now.

“They are certified by the office of refugee resettlement as refugees,” Patin explained. “So they are legally here in the united states and we help them acclimate to their new country.”

The Department of Human Services distributes the federal dollars to the organization to help with the program. [For new readers the money goes to these federal contractors***.—ed]

“Roughly 1.7 million dollars a year,” said Patin.

Now, the Governor has given this message to the Obama administration and DHS.

“I told them to stop every program dealing with refugee children until we can sort this out,” explained Bryant.

The religious leaders described their Thursday meeting with Bryant as “gracious and cordial.” In a statement they said the Governor has promised to carefully consider the situation.

“I’m not critical of these religious leaders,” Bryant said. “Catholic Charities doing a very good job and that’s a legal program. My concern is it will be taken advantage of by the Obama administration to bring hundreds more into that state.”

See our growing archive on “pockets of resistance” here.  And, all of our coverage of the “unaccompanied minors” going back several years is here.

*** The federal migrant resettlement contractors which we have followed for years (Grant recipient big dogs (devouring federal cash) Baptist Child and Family Services and Southwest Key Programs  are new on the scene in recent years.):


US State Department: UN has chosen several thousand Syrians for resettlement to America

And so it begins!

Marie Harf at the US State Department sending out the first signals! The Syrians are coming!

As I predicted yesterday, it is coming—the announcement that we will be taking several thousand Syrian permanent refugees starting in a few weeks.  The new fiscal year begins on October 1.

I’m using the word “permanent” for a reason.  Some of the Syrians going to Europe are only going to be allowed to stay until the conflict is resolved, but our refugees are permanent.

From Middle East Monitor.  State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said this apparently in response to a question:

The United States has resettled 166 Syrians since the outbreak of the Syrian Revolution in 2011, a State Department official said on Thursday.

Marie Harf, US state department deputy spokeswoman, said during her daily press briefing, “The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) began in mid-2014 to refer Syrian refugees in large numbers to the United States.”

She pointed out that there are several thousands of Syrian refugees waiting to gain entry into the US, noting that the number will continue to increase.

And, we are expected to pony-up another $2 billion for the Syrian refugee crisis by the end of the year.

Don’t forget!  Back in February, the Obama Administration bowed to pressure from “human rights” lobbyists/federal contractors to relax security screening so as to accommodate a Syrian migration to America, to your towns and cities.  I can assure you that most of the Syrians admitted to the US will be Sunni Muslims.