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U.S. Imports 132,224 Somalis Since 1983
April 22, 2016 - Written by M Dhimbiil Aden

somali-community-lewistonBy Leo Hohmann

For all the talk about the security risks of Muslim “refugees” coming from Syria, little is said about another refugee program that has been delivering thousands of Muslims annually to U.S. cities for 33 years.

That country is Somalia, which, just like Syria, is a hotbed of Sunni jihad terrorism and warring factions of Shariah-compliant tribal clans.

Every president since Ronald Reagan has his fingerprints on the Somali refugee program, but it really found its footing under President Clinton and hasn’t slowed down since.

President Obama has, during his more than seven years in office, approved the resettlement of 47,500 Somali “refugees” into U.S. communities – and he’s edging toward breaking the record for Somali resettlements set by his predecessor, George W. Bush.

The Bush administration brought 49,613 Somalis to the U.S. over eight years, according to the U.S. State Department’s refugee database. They were resettled by nonprofits such as Catholic Charities, Lutheran Social Services, Church World Services, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society and the National Association of Evangelicals’ World Relief Corp.

Obama is on a pace to match Bush’s record for Somali immigration sometime within the next three months, probably by late July.

The vast majority of Somalis brought to the U.S. under the last four presidential administrations have been resettled in the Twin Cities region of Minnesota; in Columbus, Ohio; Seattle, Washington; San Diego, California; and Atlanta, Georgia.

But smaller cities have received large numbers as well, including Fargo, North Dakota; Shelbyville, Tennessee; Bowling Green, Kentucky; El Paso, Texas; Boise, Idaho; and Lewiston, Maine.

Since 1983, the U.S. has taken in a total of 132,224 Somalis, 99 percent of whom are Sunni Muslims who observe some form of Shariah law.

Mathematically speaking, 1.2 percent of Somalia’s 10.6 million population has now been resettled in America.

Somalia has the longest running U.S. refugee program of any country. Sunnis from Somalia have been entering the U.S. since the early 1980s, a trickle at first, which turned into a flood by the mid-1990s. It reached its peak under President Bush in 2004, when he allowed nearly 13,000 Somalis into American cities in that one year.

Obama’s most robust year for Somali resettlement has been 9,000 in 2014, with just under that number coming in 2015 and likely again in 2016.

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