Joseph: Bill Clinton's legacy: JULY 3, 2013 BY: DAVE GIBSON
In the mid-1990s, the U.S. State Department began bringing large numbers of Somali nationals to Minnesota, assigning them refugee status due to the civil war and general violence and poverty which still grips Somalia today.
Most of those refugees were sent to Minnesota because state-based voluntary agencies (VOLAGS), namely Lutheran Social Services, Catholic Charities, and World Relief Minnesota contract with the State Department to settle refugees, mostly in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
These VOLAGS provide various services to the newly-arrived foreign nationals from making housing arrangements to providing English language classes, as well as help in navigating our welfare system.
Of course, most of this is done at the expense of the American taxpayer, and not surprisingly, these groups often lobby rather fiercely to keep the refugees flowing into the country.
In November 2010, using State Department data, the group known as Refugee Resettlement Watch reported on the number of Somali refugees brought to the U.S., between 1983 and 2010. Those figures follow:
By the end of 2010, the U.S. had admitted 83,991 Somali nationals, with roughly 40 percent of them initially settling in Minnesota.
Many more have since been allowed to immigrate legally, and many others have entered the country illegally as well.
Of course, there is also a large concentration of these refugees in Maine as well, and like Minnesota, it’s not the frigid temperatures that makes the state so attractive, but its extraordinarily generous welfare programs.
What has been the result of this massive relocation of Somalis? In 2018 (267,703) voters in Minnesota District 5 voted a Somali Muslim Socialist, Ilhan Omar, into the U.S. House of Representatives!...