Kenya Rethinking Somali Immigration After Mall Jihad Massacre
October 9, 2013
Kenyan Parliament Rethinking Somali Immigration after Bloody Mall Carnage
Posted By Daniel Greenfield On October 9, 2013 @ 10:06 am In The Point
It's something that we should be thinking seriously about as well. We've already had a major Somali attempted terror attack here. That one was intercepted and prevented, but we can only get lucky so many times before we have our own Westgate.
A Kenyan parliamentary committee is to call for camps for Somali refugees in the country to close in the wake of the Westgate mall attack, a senior MP says.
Ndung'u Gethenji, head of the defence committee, told the BBC he had reports that "some of these facilities are being used as a training ground".
More than 500,000 Somalis have sought refuge from war and poverty in Kenya.
Mr Gethenji said that Kenya had to rethink "its hospitality in supporting refugee camps within our borders".
Kenya is host to the largest refugee camp in the world, Dadaab – home to about half a million people – while it is believed that more than 30,000 Somali refugees live in Nairobi alone.
In the past decade, Burmese have been the largest group of refugees resettled to the United States with 88,348 (or 17 percent of the total 515,350 refugees) being resettled since 2002. The next two groups are Iraqis (12 percent, or 62,902) and Somalis (11 percent, or 58,050).
A Somali-born teenager plotted "a spectacular show" of terrorism for months, saying he didn't mind that children would die if he bombed a crowded Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, according to a law-enforcement official and court documents.
He never got the chance. Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, was arrested last night in downtown Portland after using a cell phone to try to detonate what he thought were explosives in a van.
Thousands of people had gathered Friday on a cold, clear night for the annual event at Pioneer Courthouse Square, a plaza often referred to as "Portland's living room" because of its popularity.
Just 10 minutes before Mohamud's 5:40 p.m. arrest, the lighting ceremony began. Babies sat on shoulders, and children cheered at the first appearance of Santa Claus onstage.
Even on a day to day basis.
More than 150,000 Somalis now live in the U.S., most in larger cities like Minneapolis, Nashville, Boston, Seattle and Columbus, Ohio.
Gang activity has been a major concern. And according to the U.S. government, at least a dozen young Somali Americans have returned home in recent months to join an al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group called al-Shabab.
As a result, the FBI is conducting investigations in several cities with large Somali populations. The fear is that the Somalis will return to America and put their terror training to use on U.S. soil.
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