By LEO HOHMANN
Many of you have noticed I’ve been quiet this week, posting only one article about the efforts of Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins to win amnesty for an illegal-alien Muslim professor with ties to a terror-stained mosque.
Rest assured I haven’t been slacking. I was traveling on special assignment, so let me fill you in.
Refugee resettlement has over the past couple of years become a controversial subject in many state capitals as more Americans educate themselves on the dark underbelly of a program that has been transforming U.S. cities and towns for 35 years.
South Dakota — like Idaho, Ohio, Michigan, Texas, Tennessee, West Virginia and Minnesota — is a state where patriotic Americans have formed pockets of resistance to the resettlements. They’ve seen the fraud and greed upon which the program — run by the United Nations in cooperation with the U.S. State Department and its federal contractors affiliated with private agencies like Catholic Charities and Lutheran Social Services — is based.
Every White House since Jimmy Carter has been on board with the program. To be fair, the refugee program in the early days did serve to rescue victims of communist oppression from Vietnam, Cambodia and Russia. But it morphed over the years into a totally different beast. It now serves as a population redistribution program whereby Third Worlders from jihadist strongholds like Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Afghanistan, find their way to unsuspecting U.S. cities and towns.
The globalist program came up against an enemy in President Trump, however. He has cut refugee arrivals to a relative trickle, although they are still arriving from some of the most dangerous parts of the world.
My task Wednesday was to testify before the South Dakota Senate’s Committee on State Affairs in support of a bill introduced by Sen. Neal Tapio that would place a moratorium on refugees entering that state from any country that has been placed on a federal travel ban.
Any time a state pushes back against refugee resettlement it is a big deal, so I dropped everything and flew to South Dakota. This federal program has evolved over the decades from a legitimate humanitarian effort into a fraudulent operation whereby agencies like Lutheran Social Services serve as headhunters for industries looking for cheap Third World labor. The cost for U.S. communities has been devastating in terms of crime, terrorism and welfare abuse but the establishment of both parties will tell any lie necessary to keep the cheap labor flowing.
I saw them in action in South Dakota Wednesday and it left me with a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach.
My testimony was on the dismal track record of assimilation by refugees from one country in particular — Somalia.
I prepared a list of more than 30 examples of Somali refugees killing, raping, stabbing and defrauding Americans after being granted the privilege of coming to the United States from a country that has been locked since 1991 into a hellish cycle of perpetual civil war.
You, my readers, already know about many of these horror stories from reading 25 Reasons to end refugee resettlement from Somalia now, but I came up with a few additions after posting that article [it’s not hard to find these cases if you invest in a little research].
I shared with the committee how Sunni Muslims from Somalia cross over the border into neighboring Kenya to slaughter Christians. Indeed, on the very day I was in Pierre testifying before the Senate committee, the Barnabas Fund, a Christian aid society, reported a new attack in which Somali terrorists crossed into Kenya to murder three Christian teachers in a pre-dawn raid. They shot the teachers and beheaded one teacher’s wife.
I explained how Somali attitudes toward Christians do not magically change once they get transported from a U.N. refugee camp to a U.S. city, whether it be in the Dakotas, Minnesota, Georgia, Colorado, Texas, Maine, California or Ohio.
But sound research and facts held no sway for this group.
I made it through less than half the list when the chairman of the committee, Sen. Bob Ewing, interrupted. He’d had enough and could not stand to hear anymore. “You have two minutes to wrap it up,” he said.
“You don’t want to hear the truth,” I stated.
Ewing derisively referred to my testimony as “a history lesson” that, in his opinion, was not sticking close enough to the subject at hand — South Dakota Senate Bill 200.
This despite the fact that many of the examples on my list did take place in the Dakotas and neighboring Minnesota, including the case of a mentally disabled Aberdeen woman in a wheelchair who was molested last year by a Somali refugee. A Minnesota woman was brutally raped at knifepoint in the back of a bus in Polk County, Minnesota. I talked about another case in Aberdeen in which a Somali refugee shot at two men outside the Foxridge apartments, hitting one multiple times and leaving him bleeding in the street, then skipped bail and remains at large.
But Ewing could not spare a few extra minutes to hear about the devastating impact of large-scale Somalis resettlements in U.S. cities and towns.
After returning home from South Dakota I looked up Senator Ewing’s bio on the state Legislature’s website and saw that he is a longtime rancher. Could it be that Mr. Ewing’s hardened stance on this issue has something to do with his relationships, directly or indirectly, with the slaughterhouses that employ Somali refugees in his state?
I am told the rancher communities in many Western states are split on this issue. Knowing how Ewing comes down on refugee resettlement, it becomes more clear why he was so impatient with me as I rattled off one example after another of Somali violence, fraud and terror. As he listened to my introduction and saw where I was headed, he resorted to his rules to shut me down. The last thing he or any of those involved in the industry we call “Big Meat” want is for their fellow citizens to know how they have feasted off of the cheap labor being imported from Somalia, Sudan and other Third World nations, bolstering their bottom lines by lowering wages and edging Americans out of what used to be solid middle-class jobs.
Small meatpacking towns like Aberdeen and Huron, South Dakota; Lexington, Nebraska; Willmar, Austin and St. Cloud, Minnesota; Fort Morgan, Colorado; Garden City, Kansas; and Noel, Missouri, can be completely flipped from all-American cities into Third World hellholes in a matter of 10 years. All it takes is a steady influx of Somali refugees who come without the slightest intention of assimilating.
The average wage in the meatpacking industry back in the 1980s was over $20 an hour. Since then, it’s been cut nearly in half. Benefits have evaporated. The Chamber of Commerce and globalist politicians then complain of “labor shortages” in South Dakota and say they can’t find enough Americans to work for $10 an hour. That’s probably because the Americans in South Dakota don’t want a “job” that requires them to fill in gaping holes in their incomes with food stamps, Medicaid, and subsidized housing. Refugees have no problem signing up for these benefits, compliments of you, the taxpayer.
It truly is all about the money. And the senators on this committee, eight Republicans and two Democrats, likely all had their minds made up before listening to Wednesday’s testimony for and against Tapio’s bill.
Mr. Ewing, the chairman, is a powerful Republican leader in South Dakota and he teamed up with an even more powerful Republican, Gov. Dennis Daugaard, to kill Tapio’s bill. Only one senator on the 10-person committee, Republican Al Novstrup of Aberdeen, veered from the establishment GOP playbook and voted in favor of advancing Tapio’s legislation.
I was joined by recently retired Homeland Security officer Philip Haney and economist James Simpson, who worked under three presidents as a budget analyst for federal programs.
The other side, the pro-refugee side, consisted of Taneeza Islam, a Muslim activist and attorney affiliated with the terror-tied Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Chamber of Commerce representative from Sioux Falls, the head of the Lutheran Social Services South Dakota and Gov. Daugaard’s top policy advisor.
Islam introduced herself as a “proud American Muslim” and disparaged Tapio’s bill as “unconstitutional.” This is the same woman who helped lead protests against private speakers’ last year in the Dakotas and Minnesota, labeling them as “Islamophibic” and therefore unworthy of the free-speech rights under the First Amendment just because they had the audacity to speak out critically of Islam.
The testimony from Chamber of Commerce public-policy director Debra Owens was all about labor shortages and the valuable “diversity and cultural enrichment” that refugees bring to South Dakota.
After the committee did its job of trashing Tapio’s bill, the South Dakota media launched into action with one-sided coverage that didn’t even mention the testimony of myself, Haney and Simpson.
But there is an interesting side story to the media coverage I will touch on in an upcoming post about the refugee situation in the Dakotas. Stay tuned!
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.