This is the most exciting news I’ve seen in a long time. The New Somali President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, visited Minneapolis on Friday with Omar Jamal in tow (more on him later) and asked Somalis to return to Africa!
Readers, this means that the pipeline of thousands of Somalis flowing from Africa to the US every year can now be stopped! And, reversed! Right!
From AP at the Edmonton Journal (emphasis mine):
MINNEAPOLIS – A day after the U.S. officially recognized Somalia’s government for the first time in two decades, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud called on Somalis living in Minnesota to help rebuild their war-torn homeland.
Mohamud spoke to about 4,000 people late Friday night at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Although most of his speech was in Somali, he said in English that it was, “the beginning of a new foundation.” [Who knows what he really said because it was all translated for the gullible press by Omar Jamal---ed]
Omar Jamal, first secretary of the Somali Mission to the United Nations, said the president thanked the crowd in Somali and asked that they help rebuild the country with an emphasis on security, the economy and judicial system — either by returning to Somalia or from their homes in Minnesota. Minnesota is home to the largest Somali population in the U.S. [that 'from their homes part' means sending money which became a problem when US banks were told by the feds to stop the practice in the wake of Minneapolis Somali 'go to hell infidels' trial---ed]
Jamal had travelled with Mohamud to Washington, D.C., where Secretary of State Hilary Clinton joined the Somali president on Thursday to announce the change in diplomatic relations. The U.S. recognition will help Somalia receive greater aid from the U.S. and international agencies.
After Friday’s speech, Ilhan Omar said he walked away with the feeling that there was a plan in place to rebuild her homeland.
“I felt like it was the first time in 20 years that we can see a light at the end of the tunnel,” said Omar, 30.
Amira Adawe, 34, added that she hopes the U.S. government’s recognition of Somalia will open the door to widespread international support. The president’s visit solidified her desire to return there and do what she can.
“It’s my country,” Adawe said. “I can’t wait to go back home and help.” [We have already spent so much money on Somalis, maybe Rep. Ellison could introduce a bill to fund their airfare home! It would probably prove more cost-saving than to pay for their education, housing, food stamps etc.---ed]
Think about it, we paid for over 100,000 Somalis to come to the US and resettle and paid for their social services, education, etc.; we paid dearly (remember “Black Hawk Down”) in blood; we paid for the military training that has for now pushed Al-Shabaab/Al-Qaeda out of Mogadishu; and yet some of those youths we raised at taxpayer expense had earlier left the comfort of their homes in Minnesota to join the jihadists and then we paid for the terror trials. Is refugee resettlement a great program or what!
The AP continued:
On Thursday, Clinton said times have changed in Somalia and cited the militant group al-Shabab’s retreat from every major Somali city. The U.S. provided $780 million to African forces to help that effort.
Authorities say more than 20 young Somali men have left Minnesota since 2007 to join al-Shabab, a U.S.-designated terrorist group linked to al-Qaida. A Minneapolis man was convicted in October of helping funnel young men from Minnesota to Somalia to join the group. [Just a little blight on an otherwise lovely story of American hospitality---ed]
The Minneapolis Star Tribune has another article with some more detail—like Rep. Keith Ellison’s role—so please visit the Tribune.
A few words on Omar Jamal
Only in America can a man arrested on immigration fraud charges (he was convicted but never jailed or deported) and in the US illegally rise to the level of working at the UN and meeting with Hillary (possibly Obama too, but it isn’t mentioned in these articles whether he got as far as the White House).
I first heard about Jamal in 2007 who I’ve affectionately dubbed the “Somali Jesse Jackson” because of his tendency to pop-up and be a mouthpiece for any Somali with a criminal problem just about anywhere in the US. In 2007, when a Somali man was arrested for a “hallway” rape in a St. Paul apartment building, even though the assault was captured on a surveillance camera, Jamal was right there to proclaim the man’s innocence.
He popped up in the Denver Cyanide death story, and he was all over the Somali missing Jihadist youths story (even quoted in the story when the FBI brought home the body parts of America’s first Somali suicide bomber for a decent burial). He weighed in on the Christmas tree bomber story to defend the Somali kid. And, when one of those Somali pirates came to NYC for trial—who was there? You guessed it—Omar Jamal. Then he has that gig at the UN.
Omar Jamal’s name comes up in 65 previous posts here at RRW since that 2007 hallway rape story.
For new readers we have resettled more than 100,000 Somali refugees to cities large and small in the US over the last 25 years. See one of the most widely read posts here at RRW. Large numbers went to Minneapolis. In three years since 9/11 ( Bush years 2004, 2005, 2006) the number of Somalis arriving topped 10,000 per year. Those refugees then began bringing in the family (chain migration!) until 2008 when shock of shocks! the State Department discovered that as many as 30,000 Somalis had lied about their kinship and weren’t related at all. The State Department then closed the “family reunification” program for Somalis. It has recently been re-opened for new and legit family members, but they have no intention of finding and deporting the liars. Jamal isn’t the only illegal Somali in the US.