Yes, of course the Somalia Muslim gangs are growing, along with the threat they present. The Obama administration is importing whole Muslim communities from Islamic countries like Somalia. Their refugee status is determined by the UN. The "diversity" immigration numbers are doubling, tripling in some months.
Here's an email I received last year from a concerned citizen of the community the Sheriff was testifying about:
THANK YOU for sending out the article on Muslim gangs in Minnesota. We live in Minneapolis and every line in the article is true- Minneapolis is NOT the city it used to be! This is generally a very welcoming city- there have been constant influxes of immigrants, and victims of tyrannical governments, here for years- I can recall as far back as Cambodian refugees coming to our small, suburban school in the late 1970's. They have been welcomed and been very successful in assimilating into parts of the communities.
Unfortunately the Somalian Muslim population has been very different. They do not want to assimilate and are often contemptuous and hostile. I personally have had more than one disturbing "run-in" with extremely rude, arrogant Muslim men who have sworn at and cursed me, using disgusting, sexually degrading terms and gestures, while driving and in stores. Three years ago, my husband and I called for an airport taxi at 4:30 AM- and the driver, a Muslim, stood out in the street screaming and swearing at us for not being ready and waiting for him. We did not have time to call for another taxi. The inside of his cab was filled with Muslim signs, and he played his Middle Eastern music blaringly for the neighbors to be awakened by. Last week I was almost forced off the road by a Somali whose car bore bumper stickers with this message: " Lay Aside Your Pride- Put Down Your Arrogance- Remember Your Grave--- The Answer is in the Qu'ran"
My husband works installing cable TV and Internet services. Most every day he comes home with a story about an apartment he's been in that day, where the place was empty except for giant Palestinian flags on the wall, elaborate rugs on the floor, and large-screen TVs tuned to some cleric screeching at the top of his lungs. The tenant usually has at least two computers ready to be hooked up with Internet. They do not speak to my husband, just point and explain, in the shortest terms possible, what they want done. My husband truly fears that these men order Internet services for malevolent, even evil, anti- American purposes. He has had his work truck broken into more than once by youths when in these neighborhoods of Minneapolis, which have been virtually taken over by Muslim stores and 'halal meat' grocers.
I have seen and heard anchors on different networks laugh and jeer at the idea of Muslims in our midwestern cities. I am very thankful to you, though more concerned than ever, to see you printing articles on this issue. The Somalis here have many advantages such as tax-payer funded rent adjustments, new car-payment subsidies, and many welfare programs. I know they are not all radicalized, but if even just 10 % of them are, we in MN have a real problem that our federal and state governments are ignoring due to Political Correctness. When Muslims roll out their prayer rugs in the middle of drug-store and shopping mall parking lots, causing accidents and near-misses- which happened to my 83 year-old Mother- and expect everyone to respect their rights, it is almost too much to be borne, particularly by elderly shoppers who cannot believe nor comprehend what they are seeing.
THANK YOU AGAIN, for bringing this to the attention of other 'Atlas Shrugged' readers, and KEEP SAFE.
This immigration must stop. Many of these devout Muslims do not assimilate. They agitate for jihad, and many return to Somalia (or Pakistan, Afghanistan) for training. Why are we importing hostile invaders?
We should be importing whole Christian communities or Hindu communities, etc., that are living (and dying) under the boot of the sharia. This should be a presidential campaign platform item for Romney.
"Minnesota Sheriff Reports to Congress on Growing Somalia Gang Threat in Hennepin County" (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)
The sheriff of Hennepin County, Minn., told the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security on Wednesday about the threat of Somali gangs in his jurisdiction.
“I have been asked to testify today about the specific emergence of Somali gang-related issues we are having in my county,” Rich Stanek said in his prepared testimony.
Stanek represented the National Sheriffs’ Association at the hearing on “America’s Evolving Gang Threat.” He also serves on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s inter-agency Threat Assessment and Coordination Group and is president of the Major County Sheriffs’ Association.
Stanek said Minnesota is a “designated U.S. Refugee Resettlement Area,” with a Somali population ranging from 80,000 to 125,000 in the state. As a result, Stanek said, while the African population in the U.S. as a whole is about four percent, 18 percent of the Minnesota population is African because of the large Somali presence.
Stanek said he wanted to “state for the record” that most Somalis are “law-abiding citizens” who contribute to the community, but those who have joined gangs are committing crimes across the state.
“Somali gangs are unique in that they are not necessarily based on the narcotics trade as are other traditional gangs,” Stanek said, adding that “turf” is also not a motivating factor in Somali gang criminal activities.
“Gang members will often congregate in certain areas, but commit their criminal acts elsewhere,” Stanek said. “Criminal acts are often done in a wide geographic area that stretches outside of the Twin Cities seven county metro area.
“Their mobility has made them difficult to track,” Stanek said.
Stanek listed five “typical crimes” committed by Somali gang members, including credit card fraud, cell phone and gun store burglaries, and witness intimidation. The fifth type of criminal activity is tied to international terrorism, Stanek said.
“In 2007, the local Somali community started to report that some of the youth in the area had essentially disappeared without warning,” Stanek said. “It was later learned that 20 young men had left Minneapolis to travel to Somalia to receive training and fight as members of al- Shabaab.
“One individual had moved to Minneapolis as a teenager in 1993,” Stanek said. Following a shoplifting arrest, he fell into the violent street gang called the ‘Somali Hot Boyz.’ After a short period of time, he emerged as a recruiter for al-Shabaab, which eventually led him to leave Minneapolis for the Horn of Africa in 2008.
“Later, it was learned this individual was killed in fighting between al-Shabaab and Somali government forces,” Stanek said.
“We are clearly faced with a challenge that requires an innovative approach including new investigative tools and focused resources,” Stanek said.
According to the Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Refugee and Resettlement, refugee programs and resettlement sites exist in 49 states and the District of Columbia and are operated through partnerships between the federal government and faith-based and other non-governmental refugee support organizations in those states and the District.
A spokesperson for the office told CNSNews.com that the United States admits on average about 70,000 refugees a year, with each required to be designated as individuals who face danger in their homeland. Every refugee has to be cleared by the Department of Homeland Security before being allowed to resettle in the United States, the spokesperson said.
A wide range of considerations about where to relocate individuals is considered, including family ties, language and available resources, the spokesperson said. But once they are living in the United States, refugees are free to live anywhere in the country.