By LEO HOHMANN
Of the 11 countries included in President Trump’s refugee ban, Somalia has by far the worst track record of assimilation.
That ban expired last week and the U.S. will start accepting refugees again from the 11 high-risk nations, although Trump promises a more “extreme” vetting.
Vetting, however, offers few guarantees that the refugees will become good Americans. Many of the Somalis who have run afoul of the law came here as child refugees, making them impossible to vet.
Recently we learned the Somali refugee who knifed two brothers at the Mall of America was not involved in an attempt to steal clothing – a false narrative put out by Bloomington police – but actually carried out an unprovoked act of jihad.
How do we know this? He admitted it in a prepared statement to the court. Mahad Abdiraham said he went to the mall on Nov. 12 to “answer the call for jihad.”
Just before Christmas we learned of a knife attack on an innocent woman, Morgan Evenson, while she was walking home from work at the Apple Store in Minneapolis. She was stabbed 14 times by a man described as Somali. That man remains at large and the Minneapolis police falsely described the attack, again, as a failed robbery. This despite the fact that he never reached for his victim’s purse.
The parade of Somali knife attacks continued last week when Khadar Hassan, 24, of St. Cloud was arrested and charged with second-degree assault for allegedly stabbing a woman he’d had a previous relationship with and was ordered to stay away from, the St. Cloud Times reports.
There are now an estimated 75,000 to 100,000 Somalis living in Minnesota. Many of the resettlements in the St. Cloud, Austin, St. Joseph and Willmar areas have been driven by the meatpacking industry.
And now Somali crime is starting to leak across the border from Minnesota into South Dakota.
Lutheran Social Services, which operates a refugee resettlement office in Sioux Falls, has offloaded more than 4,500 Somalis over the last decade.
But many of the Somalis resettled originally in Sioux Falls migrate to Aberdeen in search of work at Demkota Ranch Co., which runs a beef packing plant in the city. The latest group of approximately 50 Somalis arrived in Aberdeen on a bus in December, sources in the community told LeoHohmann.com.
South Dakotans are beginning to get a taste of the crime that has plagued Minnesota.
A Somali refugee was convicted last year for trying to sexually assault a wheelchair-bound mentally disabled woman at a group home in Aberdeen. Liban Mohamed, 39, had been in Aberdeen only a few days when he wandered away from the White House Inn, where he was living while hoping to land a job at the beef plant, and found the vulnerable woman sitting outside the group home. If a caretaker had not walked up and seen him with his hand reaching between the woman’s legs, there is no telling what he was planning to do next.
There have also been several shootings by Somalis in South Dakota.
In the summer of 2016, two Aberdeen men were shot at, one hit and wounded, in the street outside the Foxridge Apartments. The alleged shooter was Abdirhman Ahmad Noor, 24, who walked up to the injured man lying in the street and shot him a second time in the head. He miraculously survived, but Noor, who came to the U.S. as a child refugee, was charged with attempted murder and released on $50,000 bail. He never showed up for his March 2017 court hearing. Noor remains unaccounted for to this day.
South Dakota State Senator and GOP congressional candidate Neal Tapio is leading perhaps the nation’s most aggressive effort to expose the fraud of refugee resettlements from Somalia and other jihadist hotbeds. Tapio has introduced a series of bills that seek to rein in high-risk resettlements in his state.
“While many people see compassion to serve the less fortunate, the truth is the Somali community has not been able to assimilate and has proven to be a major terror threat in the United States,” Tapio said.
“Together with nebulous forces in the multinational meatpacking corporations, resettlement agencies and anti-American Islamic organizations with ties to terrorist networks, the Muslim Brotherhood, along with willing accomplices in the media, these policies to force relocation of proven subscribers to Islamic fundamentalism need to be exposed and crushed,” Tapio added.
Along with the cases cited above, the following list of documented examples shows a rather dubious record of behavior by Somali refugees and their family members.
- A 73-year-old Meals on Wheels volunteer was dropping off meals at a homeless shelter in Shelburne, Vermont, when she was attacked by 32-year-old Somali migrant Abukar Ibrahim with a machete in early January 2018. The woman sustained multiple injuries including a severe wound to her leg.
Tnuza Jamal Hassan, a 19-year-old woman from either Somalia or Ethiopia [Minneapolis police wouldn’t release her status] was arraigned last month on charges of first-degree arson after she allegedly set fires on the campus of St. Catherine University. Hassan told police she “wanted the school to burn to the ground” and that her intent was to “hurt people,” according to charges filed in Ramsey County District Court. Hassan told police she had written a letter to her roommates containing “radical ideas about supporting Muslims and bringing back the caliphate.” The prosecution alleges “…She told the police and fire investigators ‘You guys are lucky I don’t know how to build a bomb because I would have done that,’” the Star-Tribune reported.
- On July 15, 2017, a Somali refugee serving as a Minneapolis police officer, Mohamed Noor, shot and killed an unarmed woman, Justine Damond, in her pajamas who had called 9-1-1 to report a rape taking place in the ally near her apartment. The city’s police chief was forced to resign but no charges have been filed against Noor, who had three previous complaints involving his treatment of women while on patrol.
Dahir Ahmed Adan stabbed 10 shoppers at the Crossroads Mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota, on Sept. 17, 2016. The refugee asked shoppers if they were Muslim. If they said “no,” he attacked them with his knife, until he was shot dead by an off-duty cop. Adan’s brother was later jailed in North Dakota on drug charges.
- In December 2016, Somali refugee Mohamed Ayanle, 22, was charged with first- and third-degree criminal sexual conduct after he allegedly raped a woman while riding a commercial bus through Polk County, Minnesota. The victim reported that Mohamed Ayanle forced her to have sex with him at knife point in the back of the bus. There was only one other passenger on the bus at the time, and after he finished raping the woman, Ayanle told her to go back to the front of the bus because she was “too fat.” Ayanle told police he had just arrived in Minnesota from Somalia three months prior to his arrest and that, in his opinion, the sex was consensual.
- Davee Devose, a promising 21-year-old black student at St. Cloud Technical and Community College, was stabbed to death at a house party in June 2015 by then-16 year old Muhiyadin Mohamed Hassan, a Somali refugee who violated his juvenile probation and has since been moved to the adult system.
In 2008, the government revealed that thousands of Somali families had fraudulently entered the U.S. as “refugees” by lying on their applications that they were related to Somalis already living in the U.S. The Wall Street Journal originally reported on how this fraud was uncovered by DNA tests, which led to a four-year closure of the so-called P-3 family reunification program for refugees coming from East Africa. The program was eventually restarted and none of the thousands of Somalis proven to have entered the U.S. by these fraudulent means were ever deported.
- On the day after Memorial Day, May 31, 2016, in Lawrenceville, Georgia, a Somali refugee woman, Aisha Ibrahim, 31, appeared out of the woods wearing a burqa and beat an American woman with her own American flagpole. Ibrahim was granted bail and did not show up for her arraignment in court — she remains in the “missing” category to this day.
A federal appeals court in December 2016 upheld the conviction of Mohamed Mohamud, the Somali refugee sentenced to 30 years in prison for plotting to bomb downtown Portland during the annual lighting of a Christmas tree. The truck bomb was a fake given to him in 2010 by undercover FBI agents posing as terrorists. His lawyers argued entrapment but the court ruled the government’s action fell short of any due-process violation.
In 2013 Somali refugee Omar Mohamed Kalmio in North Dakota was sentenced to life in prison for the 2011 murder of a Native American family he had become involved with.
- In November 2016, Abdul R. Ali Artan, an 18-year-old Somali refugee and student at Ohio State University, wounded 11 people at OSU in a car and knife attack. Minutes before his attack, Artan posted a message to his Facebook page, a rant full of anger at the United States with references to ISIS, but a Muslim friend told NBC News he was shocked because he believed Artan “loved America.”
- In April 2011, Somali refugee Said Biyad was sentenced to life in prison for murdering his four children in Louisville, Kentucky. He avoided the death penalty by taking a plea agreement.
- In July of last year, Abdinzak Ahmed Farah, 29, was arrested and charged with threatening his fellow Minnesotans with a knife in downtown Faribault. According to an eyewitness, Farah was eating raw beef with the knife and holding it out to patrons, asking them to play games. In a July 25 article, the Faribault Daily News reports a complaint filed in Rice County Court alleges Farah was downtown on July 12, pointing a knife and threatening to kill anyone who called police. He was asked to leave the area, which he did, only to return pointing the same knife at people as he spoke with them. Witnesses told police Farah was told to leave a second time, but later began chasing several people and threw the knife at them.
- At least 40 Somali refugees have left the country to join overseas terrorist organizations such as al-Shabaab in Somalia and ISIS in Syria, the FBI has confirmed. Dozens of others have been charged and/or convicted of providing material support to overseas terrorists.
One of the top terror recruiters for ISIS in the U.S. was Mohamed Hassan, a Somali refugee with roots in Minnesota. He turned himself in to authorities in Somalia in late 2015, after leading dozens of Somali-Americans to join ISIS. Through his Twitter persona, Miski, he even played a role in the terror attack on a Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, in which two Muslims planned to kill everyone and behead First Amendment activist Pamela Geller.
- Dozens of large-scale khat busts have taken place in recent years, such as this seizure of 69 pounds of khat at the Philadelphia airport bound for Minneapolis, and this one sending nearly 20 pounds to Minneapolis. Khat is a stimulant chewed by Somali men.
- In June 2016, residents of the Linden Hills community in Minneapolis were terrorized by a gang of Somali youths for three straight days. Up to 20 of them raided the waterfront community and scared women off the beach by pretending to shoot them, ran their cars over residential lawns while screaming “jihad,” threatened to rape a young woman and beat up one resident’s dog. Police were called repeatedly but never seemed to be able to make it to the neighborhood before the Somali mob disappeared. No arrests were made and the Star Tribune ignored the story.
- Minneapolis Police Department has for years tolerated an active Sharia cop, who married a Somali woman and patrols the Cedar Riverside area making sure Somalis are complying with Islamic dress codes and other Sharia rules.
- In 2014, a mysterious New Year’s Day explosion occurred at a building containing several apartments and a grocery store in the heavily-Somali Cedar Riverside area of Minneapolis. According to a Freedom of Information lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, the city fire department requested the federal ATF not investigate the explosion, which killed three people, and the investigation has never come to an official conclusion on the cause.
- Liban Haji Mohamed, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Somalia who came to the U.S. as a child refugee, was named to the FBI’s list of Most Wanted Terrorists in January 2015. Mohamed, who worked as a cab driver in northern Virginia, was charged with providing material support and resources to al Qaeda and al-Shabaab, a Somali-based terrorist organization. “Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for many bombings in Somalia and Uganda and the 2013 attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya,” said Carl Ghattas, special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Division at the FBI’s Washington Field Office. “Liban Mohamed is believed to have left the U.S. with the intent to join al-Shabaab in East Africa.”
- In May 2015, a UK media outlet broke the story that one of the Islamic State’s major recruiters turned out to be a female journalism student in Seattle who liked football, cheeseburgers, and convincing women in Syria and the EU to wage jihad. The student, a Somali named Rawdah Abdisalaam, who was known under the Twitter handle @_UmmWaqqas, was discovered to be working as a senior recruiter while living the good life in Seattle. The FBI was apparently not aware of her operation until the UK story broke.
- In January 2014, Somali refugee Ahmed Nasir Taalil, living in San Diego, was sentenced to six years in prison for his part in a conspiracy to funnel money to the Somalia-based al-Qaida affiliate, al-Shabaab. Among Nasir-Nasir’s co-conspirators were cab driver Basaaly Saeed Moalin, who was sentenced to 18 years, Mohamed Mohamed Mohamud – a Somali imam at a local mosque – sentenced to 13 years, and Issa Doreh, who was sentenced to 10 years for working at a money transmitting business that helped move the illegal funds.
- America’s neighbor to the north, Canada, has also taken in Somali refugees, though not in as great of numbers as the U.S., and has had its own set of problems. In one case in fall of 2017, a Somali named Abdulahi Hasan Sharif intentionally drove a U-Haul truck into pedestrians, injuring four, including one man who suffered a fractured skull.
THERE IS MORE: See the followup to this story, “Rogue Somali refugees Part 2.“
Refugee proponents, many of them working for resettlement agencies that receive government tax dollars for every refugee they bring into the U.S., continue to say Somalis are an asset to the communities in which they live. But those words ring hollow for the growing list of victims of Somali violence.
Those Americans shot or stabbed by Somali refugees, or raped by them, are seen by governing elites as mere collateral damage for what equates to a human-trafficking operation that brings billions of dollars into the coffers of resettlement agencies, and a steady supply of cheap labor for meatpackers, hotels, cab companies and other industries.
And now that the refugee ban has expired, dozens of cities of all sizes can look forward to a new influx of unvettable refugees from this perpetually war-torn country.
“The future fortunes of this nation depend on our ability to open our eyes and ears, to speak truth to lies and to prevail in the civilizational war of this age,” Tapio said.
Leo Hohmann is a veteran journalist and author of the 2017 book “Stealth Invasion: Muslim Conquest through Immigration and Resettlement Jihad.” If you appreciate this type of original, fact-based reporting on topics others are afraid to investigate, please consider a donation of any size to this website.