Hot Bed for Terror: Somali Refugees Enter U.S. After Ban Halted

Following the motion by a federal judge placing a restraining order on President Trump’s travel suspension from seven middle eastern countries, refugees have once again begun to resettle in the United States of America.

According to those currently living at the world’s most populated refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya, at least 140 Somalians have been transported into the U.S. since the ban was stopped.

At the time of the enactment of President Trump’s temporary intake halt, approximately 140 refugees were stranded at a holding camp in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. After moving back-and-forth between Dadaab and the Nairobi transit camp, the U.S. judge’s restraining order allowed the prospective immigrants to enter the United States.

According to the Dept. of State, “the general crime rate in Somalia is well above the U.S. national average. Pervasive and violent crime is an extension of the general state of insecurity in Somalia. Serious, brutal, and often fatal crimes are very common. Kidnapping and robbery are a particular problem in Mogadishu, other areas of the south, and in Galmuduug and Puntland.

Pirates and other criminals have specifically targeted and kidnapped foreigners working in Somalia.

No area in Somalia should be considered immune from violence, and the potential exists throughout the country for hostile acts, either targeted or random, against U.S. and other Western nationals at any time. A strong familiarity with Somalia and/or extensive prior travel to the region does not reduce travel risk.

As for terror activity in Somalia, the security situation remains unstable and dangerous. Terrorist operatives and armed groups in the region continue to attack Somali authorities, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), and other non-military targets. Kidnapping, bombings, murder, illegal roadblocks, banditry, use of indirect fire, and other violent incidents/threats to U.S. citizens and other foreign nationals can occur in any region of Somalia.

While some parts of Somalia are now under government control with the military support of AMISOM forces, al-Shabaab, an al-Qai’da affiliate, that has demonstrated the capability to carry out attacks in government-controlled territory with particular emphasis on targeting government facilities, foreign delegations’ facilities/movements, and commercial establishments frequented by government officials, foreign nationals, and the Somali Diaspora. In February 2012, al-Shabaab announced it merged with al-Qai’da.

Without extreme vetting proposed by President Trump, who knows what to expect in the months to come.”

 

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