Homeland Security Chief Jeh Johnson warned that a Somalia-based terrorist group is encouraging “independent actors” to carry out attacks in Western countries, with the Mall of America in Minnesota among the specific targets.
But he failed to mention that the U.S. continues to import hundreds of high-risk Islamic refugees from Somalia every month.
The U.S. State Department’s refugee-resettlement program has placed more than 100,000 Somalis into U.S cities and towns since the early 1990s – all of them Muslims-- hand-selected by the United Nations refugee agency. And Minnesota has become the most popular destination, with secondary hotspots in Maine, Ohio, Colorado and southern California.
More than 800 new refugees from Somalia arrive in the United States every month, according to Refugee Resettlement Watch.
The constant influx has earned parts of Minneapolis the nickname “Little Mogadishu.”
Johnson told CNN Sunday that terrorist groups such as Somalia-based al-Shabab are “relying more and more on independent actors to become inspired” and “attack on their own.”
But he made no mention in any of his interviews on Sunday morning news shows of the program that brings these potential “independent actors” to the U.S. in the first place.
Johnson said there was a need for a “comprehensive” approach to fighting the ever-present threat posed by terror groups, including al-Shabab and the Islamic State or ISIS.
One would think that cutting off the spigot of Islamic immigration would play a role in any truly comprehensive approach, said Islam expert Robert Spencer, who runs the JihadWatch blog at the David Horowitz Freedom Center.
To talk about tackling the problem without addressing the refugee pipeline is disingenuous, Spencer said.
Spencer said the U.S. government can’t claim “concern” about jihadists carrying out lone-wolf attacks but then fail to shut down the main pipeline into the country, which is the refugee resettlement program.
These immigrants did not just magically appear on U.S. soil, as many of the major media reports would suggest. They were brought here with the full support of the White House and Congress, and there is thus far no indication that anyone wants to rein in the refugee program even though there have been widespread abuses, such as in 2008 when the State Department admitted that up to 20,000 Somalis lied on their refugee applications to get into the U.S., making false claims of American family members.
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