MN State senators propose $18 MIL ‘Somali community development’ grant

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A bipartisan group of state senators in Minnesota have come up with a bill to pour $18 million into a program to promote a Somali community development pilot grant in order to prevent the Somalian immigrants from turning to terrorism.

Last week, DML News reported on a Somali refugee in Minneapolis who recently was elected to a seat on the Minneapolis Park Board and took his oath of office with his hand placed firmly over the Koran, and pledged to uphold his responsibilities “in the name of Allah.”

According to a report from Jihad Watch:

Here are two salient sections from SF 1722, as introduced into the Minnesota State Senate. The chief author of this bill is Republican State Senator Jim Abeler; its other authors are Republican State Senators Jerry Relph and Carla J. Nelson, along with Democrat/Farmer-Labor State Senators Steve A. Cwodzinskiand Kari Dziedzic.

Even though Abeler is listed as Chief Author of the bill, its likely driver is Nelson, who has a long record of pandering to the Somali community.

This bill is based on the false assumption that poverty causes terrorism, and thus showering money upon communities that produce many jihadis (and Minnesota’s Somali community is certainly in that category) will alleviate the problem. The idea that poverty and ignorance cause terrorism has led the U.S. to shower billions on Muslim countries, hoping to win hearts and minds and alleviate what mainstream analysts doggedly believe are the root causes of terrorism.

Jihad Watch further reported:

The Times Online reported the following as far back as April 2005: “Three-quarters of the Al-Qaeda members were from upper middle-class homes and many were married with children; 60% were college educated, often in Europe or the United States.”

And here we go again. If this bill is passed, money will be showered on worthless programs that won’t prevent a single Somali Muslim in Minnesota from joining the jihad.

A bill for an act relating to community development; establishing a Somali community development
pilot grant program; requiring reports; appropriating money; proposing coding for
new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 116J.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Section 1. [116J.9921] SOMALI COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PILOT GRANT
PROGRAM….

The commissioner shall establish a Somali community
development pilot grant program to award grants to one or more intermediary organizations
to identify and support community initiatives designed to enhance long-term economic
self-sufficiency by improving health, education, housing, and economic outcomes for
Minnesota Somali communities….

Sec. 2. APPROPRIATION.

$9,000,000 in fiscal year 2018 and $9,000,000 in fiscal year 2019 are appropriated from
the general fund to the commissioner of employment and economic development for the
Somali community development pilot grant program established under Minnesota Statutes,
section 116J.9921. These appropriations are available until June 30, 2022. Starting in fiscal
year 2022, the base funding for this program shall be $0.

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