Importing both sides of Middle East gang wars into OUR communities

· October 24, 2019  
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“Prosecutors have charged a teenager in the shooting death of 25-year-old Mustafa Ali last week, in the latest sign that an ongoing conflict between rival East African gangs is spilling into north Minneapolis.”

Those are the words of a Star Tribune article from last week describing the latest gang-on-gang attacks within the Somali community in Minneapolis. Unfortunately, gang-on-gang violence is not exactly a newsworthy story in America, but what should concern us is that we are importing both sides of pre-existing gang wars from half way around the world. All those who are promoting mass migration and refugee resettlement from every war-torn Middle Eastern country don’t want you to study what has already happened in our own communities as a result of their policies.

In the case of the aforementioned homicide of Mustafa Ali, it’s believed to have stemmed from a fight between the “Somali Outlaws” and “1627 Boys” gangs. Unfortunately, this is nothing new for the Minneapolis area, at least not since it became Little Mogadishu beginning in the 1990s.

Imagine building a beautiful community somewhere in the suburbs and then having a handful of neighbors use your homeowner’s association dues to bring in scores of violent Bloods and Crips members from downtown. Well, on the national and international levels, that is what the elites have done to taxpayers by bringing in so many security problems from the Middle East without the input of local communities.

We’ve brought in roughly 130,000 Somalis since 1993, most of them through the refugee program. At least 30,000 initially settled in the Minneapolis area, and their population is now close to 74,000. They have turned out to be one of the most problematic immigration groups we’ve admitted in recent years, with the local U.S. attorney and a federal judge observing a pervasive terror recruiting problem in the greater Minneapolis area with “its tentacles spread out.”



However, the problem is not just terror recruiting. The culture of “Minnesota nice” has been replaced with gangs and crime too. A 2009 MPR article titled, “Young Somali men escape homeland, but not violence” chronicled how “Somali gangs are beginning to divide themselves across the same clan lines that destroyed their homeland” in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. A recent article in local Alpha News reported on the growing trend of “unchecked gang retaliation and violence in the Twin Cities Somali community.”

Violent incidents spiked 60 percent from 2010 to 2017 in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, a trend authorities blame on a “simmering rivalry between St. Paul and Minneapolis East African gangs as a cause of much of the violence.” It’s spilling over to other areas of the Twin Cities. During a three-week period last month, 48 robberies were reported in downtown Minneapolis, with 23 in one week. Overall, there has been a 53.8 percent increase in robberies since last year. Even people within the Somali community are calling for more policing.

Then, of course, the Somalis aren’t the only refugees straining and transforming Minnesota cities. Last month, the Washington Post profiled the social transformation of Worthington, Minnesota, as a result of the Central American teens who are resettled under the refugee program.

Shockingly, rather than learning from the mistakes of the past refugee resettlement, 16 House Republicans sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanding he raise the refugee cap for this year, despite the million-person backlog in the immigration courts. Senate Republicans led by Sen. James Lankford made similar demands of the president. There is never any accounting of what this program, coupled with chain migration, has wrought on American communities.

Touting his new policy to allow local communities to veto refugee resettlement, President Trump told a Minneapolis audience earlier this month that for far too long their voices have been forgotten. “As you know, for many years, leaders in Washington brought large numbers of refugees to your state from Somalia without considering the impact on schools and communities and taxpayers,” Trump said at a rally in Minneapolis earlier in October. “You should be able to decide what is best for your own cities and for your own neighborhoods, and that’s what you have the right to do right now, and believe me, no other president would be doing that.”

Americans wake up every day thankful not to live in other countries that are plagued by violence and poverty. Unfortunately, over time, thanks to irresponsible mass migration, the vices of those countries are brought in to live in their own neighborhoods without their say in the matter.


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Author: Daniel Horowitz

Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.