Dahir Adan, a 22-year-old Somali-American college student, carried out a terror attack at a mall in central Minnesota on Saturday night. His father was born in Africa and came to the U.S. 15 years ago. Adan stabbed nine people at the Crossroads Center in St. Cloud before an off-duty police officer shot him down and killed him.
Since 9/11, 100,000 Somali refugees have been resettled in the United States, and that includes about 8,619 so far during 2016. A majority of these refugees have been resettled in Minnesota, home to the nation’s biggest Somali-American community. The biggest influx of Somali refugees over the past 15 years occurred during the 2004-2006 period. The numbers started to dwindle before picking up again in 2014-2016, according to State Department Refugee Processing Center data.
Shortly after al-Qaeda attacked the U.S. 15 years ago on September 11th, an estimated 97,046 Somalis fleeing civil war and Islamist extremism in their homeland have been admitted to the United States. A majority of their dispersal has been around Minnesota, Ohio, Texas, New York, and Arizona.
Nearly 20 percent of the refugees were settled in the New York-New Jersey area in the past two years. This is near the site of the weekend bombings that were reportedly a dry run of future terror attacks. Obama is in New York to address the United Nations, where he will give a speech about giving more international aid to refugees. His administration plans to accept 110,000 more refugees — including Syrians — next year, after his presidency ends.
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