Reports have identified the suspect responsible for stabbing nine people at the Crossroads Center mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota as Dahir Adan, a recent immigrant from Somalia.
According to Ahmed Adan, the suspect’s father, his son immigrated to the United States 15 years ago. As AP reported:
Ahmed Adan told the Star Tribune of Minneapolis that police told him Saturday night that his son, Dahir A. Adan, died at Crossroads Center mall in St. Cloud… Ahmed Adan, who is Somali, says his son came to the U.S. 15 years ago and was was a student at St. Cloud Technical and Community College.
Between 2009 and 2013, while Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State, the U.S. permanently resettled 31,000 Somali migrants on green cards, according to data from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
As Secretary of State, Clinton was in charge of screening visas for admission, which some foreign nationals could then adjust to receive green cards.
In total, during Clinton’s time as Secretary of State, the U.S. resettled 680,000 migrants from Muslim nations.
Yet Clinton is now campaigning on the promise of further expanding Muslim immigration into the United States.
Center for Immigration Studies’ Steve Camarota has projected that — based on the minimum figures Clinton has proposed thus far — if she were elected president, the U.S. could permanently resettle nearly one million immigrants from the Muslim world during the first term of her presidency alone.
The fact that Dahir Adan was a child when he was reportedly admitted into the country seems to underscore a particular challenge of vetting foreign migrants that Sen. Jeff Sessions has previously highlighted. Specifically, Sessions has pointed out that the U.S. has no “effective method to screen” migrants for the possibility of “post-entry radicalization,” which is enabled by the importation of large numbers of people who hold anti-Western values.
Indeed, vetting means not simply keeping out people who currently have terror aspirations and already have direct ties to terror, but also keeping those out who — based on their support for Islamist ideology — would be candidates for terror, or whose children could become candidates for terror, or who hold values that are hostile to American values.
As Andrew McCarthy has explained:
Jihadism thrives when it has a support system of sharia-adherent Muslims. In Europe this means – as it would mean here – enclaves of assimilation-resistant Muslims… It is patently obvious that our security challenge is not just jihadists; it is the combination of jihadists and their support network of assimilation-resistant Muslims. Indeed, even if we could vet for all the currently active jihadists, it is from the assimilation-resistance Islamic communities that future “homegrown” jihadists will emerge – and that is apart from the material and moral support jihadists get from like-minded Islamists in these communities.
Many have argued that this is precisely what has happened in Minnesota.
Last year, filmmaker Ami Horowitz interviewed Muslim residents of the Cedar Riverside section of Minneapolis, many of whom said that they would prefer to live under Sharia law. One boy who was interviewed explained that he would rather live under Sharia law because it would promote safer communities: “Sharia law, it says that if you steal something, they cut off your hand,” the boy explained. “So, basically, [people] can leave their doors open. Nobody’s going to steal anything because Sharia is so tight.”
As CBS has reported, “The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis is sometimes called ‘Little Mogadishu’” given that it is the “center of the nation’s largest concentration of Somalis.” CBS notes that the area is also “fertile ground for Islamic terrorist groups recruiting new fighters.”
As the Minneapolis Star Tribune has reported, a Congressional report found that “Minnesota leads the nation in would-be ISIL terrorists from U.S.”
“During the last two years, more than 20 Somali-Americans from Minnesota have left to fight alongside terrorists under the banner of ISIL,” a report from 2015 states.