Maureen DiRienzo, Ph.D

Hendersonville, NC

Oct 13, 2016  Asheville Tea Party Meeting


Starting in the 1980s and continuing until today, Minnesota, and particularly the city of Minneapolis, has accepted an estimated 30,000 refugees from Somalia, although Somali leaders say there are tens of thousands more.  Prior to 2008 Somali refugees were accepted based on family reunification reasons.   But then DNA testing showed that only about 20% of new refugee applicants were actually related to Somalis in America, so the program was suspended, but not for long.  Family reunification and less stringent security checks allowed the resumption of refugee immigration from Somalia.  Between 2008 and 2012 the number of Somali refugees in Minnesota more than tripled.  Somalis who were originally settled in other parts of the US moved to Minnesota because of family ties.  Newer arrivals do not have family ties and thus have become more dependent on the state for support.

This paper highlights some of the outcomes of Minneapolis’ experiment with Somali refugees.


The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported in Nov 2014, (  “The number of Somali adults and children who participated in the state’s family cash assistance program jumped 34 percent from 2008 to 2013, to 5,950.  At the same time, food assistance participation increased 98 percent, to 17,300 adults and children, which do not include U.S. born Somalis….the Minneapolis School District, its Somali student enrollment up 70 percent since 2011, launched eight classrooms with instruction in both English and Somali to help new comers catch up.”   “Shelters, food banks and local charities serve thousands of Somalis annually.” (  It should be noted that Minnesota has one of the highest state incomes taxes in the country, 10%.

As recently reported in, the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority approved a measured that will make it unnecessary for public housing residents in Minneapolis “to pay their normal monthly rent when travel abroad erases their income, a change particularly sought by East African immigrants…Abdi Warsame, a (Somali-American) City Council member…said that many receive federal Supplemental Security Income, which is halted when the recipient is outside the United States.”   The cost of lost rent revenue is less than $50,000/yr.  So, Somali refugees can afford the money to travel to Somalia for extended periods of time to visit family, yet continue to need financial assistance and contend that Somalia is not a safe place to return home for good.   ( -housing-rent-solamli-refugees-travel-overseas-months/)




Reports from 2008 indicate that charter schools in Minneapolis have been turned into virtual madrassas.  The Muslim American Society of Minnesota operates a charter school, providing information about Islam, jihad and the honor of dying as a martyr to students.  This is religious indoctrination on public schools.  (

More recently, the Turkish billionaire, Fethullah Gulen, has been sponsoring over 150 charter schools in 26 states, including Minnesota and North Carolina (  While appearing to be highly academic, emphasizing math and science, these schools also place great emphasis on Turkish culture and language instruction.  Many instructors are Turkish, and there have been complaints that children are being indoctrinated into the Gulenist movement.   So what does the Gulenist movement stand for?  Here are some quotes from Mr Gulen’s books, published in Turkey:

Speaking about Jews, “This intelligent tribe has put forth many things throughout history in the name of science and thought.  But these have always been offered in the form of poisoned honey…these people..will finally end up in the position of Nazis and will look for a place to hide in the four corners of the earth.”

Speaking about women, “She cannot take part in different segments of the society all the time.  She cannot travel without her husband, father or brother…The superiority of men compared to women cannot be denied.”

On America and the West “Of Christianity he writes that it has become perverted, of America that it is ‘our merciless enemy’ and of Europe that it has a ‘sadist mentality’ that wants to crush Islam”

No wonder Mr Gulen’s charter schools seek to operate under the radar.  The schools deny any relationship to him.  But the schools gain access to community leaders, parents and impressionable young minds to indoctrinate to Gulenist views.


In 2011, AP reported that Somalis in Minneapolis were organizing gangs to engage in sex trafficking, credit card fraud, armed robberies, burglaries and murder.  The gangs also branched out into other communities.  In addition, according to a Minneapolis police officer, Somali gangs existed in the city since 2000, and gang activity began growing in 2004, when a Somali woman was murdered in a botched robbery.  In 2007and 2008 there were seven gang-related killings in a 10 month period.  (




From a 2015 article in National Review, “To date, more than 60 young Somali men and women left Minnesota to join al-Shabaab, the Islamic State and other Islamic terrorist organizations in the Middle East and Africa.  Others have been stopped at local airports attempting to make the journey, and prosecutions for sending money to terrorist outfits abroad are not uncommon.  The FBI has begun to monitor the community, and it is the target of a federal pilot program to counter violent extremism.  That program will focus especially on Minneapolis’s Cedar-Riverside neighborhood—or as locals call it, “Little Mogadishu”.   (

It is the children of Somali refugees who have become the terror threats.  While there is some gratitude among the original Somali refugees to America for having accepted them from their war-torn country, their children do not know what their parents escaped.  Somalis self-ghettoize, eg, in the Cedar-Riverside area of Minneapolis, and the failure to integrate breeds contempt for America among the youth.  (See YouTube videos cited below).

According to the US Attorney for Minnesota, Andrew Luger, “…we have a terror-recruitment problem in Minnesota.”  Six Minnesota men were arrested and charged with making repeated attempts to join the ISIS jihadist army in Syria…  Somalis are radicalized in mosques, over the internet…  Most Americans aren’t aware that the Somalis were transported to Minnesota…North Carolina…at taxpayer expense, with the help of the United Nations and nine resettlement agencies. One of the FBI’s own counter-terrorism experts warned Congress in February that it is impossible to screen the incoming refugees from broken, war-torn countries, such as Syria and Somalia, where the U.S. military does not have “boots on the ground”.   (


As reported by Judicial Watch in August 2016, the Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection agency provided local Somalis with tours of the airport’s sterile and secure areas, including how inbound and outbound passenger processing was conducted.  Attendees were allowed to ask questions about specific practices at the airport at roundtable discussions.  How could such an outrageous exposure of airport security have been allowed?!  Local Somalis complained to DHS Jeh Johnson that they felt harassed and profiled by security at the airport.  The events were organized by Abdirizak Farah, a policy advisor at DHS Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and the TSA’s “Somali liaison officer” in Minneapolis, Andrew Rhoades.  NO OTHER GROUP HAS EVER BEEN GRANTED SUCH ACCESS TO AIRPORT SECURITY!  This breach of security was voluntary on the part of the Obama administration’s DHS and occurred in spite of the fact that Somalis in Minneapolis have gone to become terrorists in Somalia and Kenya.  (


In June 2016 approximately 30 young Somali men paraded through an affluent neighborhood of Minneapolis, yelled disparaging comments at residents, driving onto sidewalks and lawns, shooting off bottle rockets and screaming threats, claiming Sharia law is legal and allows them to kidnap and rape women.   Video from KSTP Channel 5 showed a police report documenting the incident, and residents who were interviewed reported being frightened and traumatized.  Residents indicated this was not the first time the Somali men threatened their neighborhood, but this time the threats were much more personal, according to one female resident.  (  Other news sources accuse local media of downplaying the incidents ( neighborhood-threaten-to-kidnap-rape-women.html)  This website has a news video of Muslim youths in St Paul taking videos of themselves attacking innocent pedestrians on the streets and posting them on YouTube.  They are so brash they identify themselves by name.


Other YouTube videos you should watch:

Ami on the Street: America or Somalia-you might be surprised.   Somali-Americans youth prefer Sharia law, chopping off hands, girls forced to marry at 15, should be illegal to insult Mohammad, legitimate to strike out, kill those who do so, would prefer to live in Somalia.

Minnesota Somalian Schools Teaching Sharia Law.

Somali Muslims demands that food bank to provide halal food.   No pork allowed!   $150,000 needed to create a special food bank for halal food.

Violent Somalis in Minneapolis—Please Watch All of It. 


Given this experiment with 30 years of data, do we want to create “Little Damascus’s” all over America? 

Hillary Clinton does.