SOMALI MUSLIM IMMIGRANTS turning American small towns into Islamic welfare enclaves

Newly arrived Somali immigrants flock to small towns and cities such as Lewiston, Maine; Shelbyville, Tennessee, St. Cloud, Minnesota, Clarkston, Georgia, and Jamestown, North Dakota, where they head straight for the local welfare office.

PAUL L. WILLIAMS, PH.D.

The Jamestown Sun reports that 400 Somalis have applied for public housing in the past four months. The Somali immigrants in Garden City, Kansas and nearby small towns have created the Somali Community Center of Southwest Kansas in order to tap into public welfare programs. Within this section of the heartland, white Christians have become the minority.

In East San Diego, the newly arrived Somalis have created a Little Mogadishu. The streets are lined with Somali stores, shops, and mosques. In the midst of this ethnic enclave stands the Iftin Charter School, where K-8 students are introduced to Arabic. 99% of the student population is Somali; Arabs constitute the remaining 1%.

The American Somalis now display the highest unemployment and poverty rates in the country. They also remain the least educated. According to Andrew Liepman, the deputy director of intelligence at the National Counterterrorism Center, Somali-Americans face “greater insularity compared to other, more integrated Muslim immigrant communities, [which] has aggravated the challenge of assimilation for their children.”

This problem is crystallized by the present situation is Lewiston, Maine, where African Muslims, many from the Bantu tribe, began arriving in 2001 at the rate of 100 a month.

Mohammed Maye, the president of the African Community and Refugee Center in Clarkston, Georgia posted a map of Lewiston on the wall of his office. “Go to Maine,” he advised the Somali immigrants. Abdullahi Abdullahi, the president of the Somali Community Development Organization in Clarkston, upheld this advice by telling his fellow countrymen that, unlike Georgia, Maine has terribly cold winters, but “the welfare system is better.”

Lewiston, indeed, was better. The small town in Maine with a population of 30,000 provided welfare to anyone in need, with the state picking up half the tab. Recipients, including the Muslim refugees, were allowed a generous five years of assistance before their benefits became terminated, and extensions for several additional years on the public dole were not difficult to obtain. Single parents could stay on welfare and go to college.

Public housing was also available, although, with the influx of Somalis, the housing projects became packed to capacity. Many of the new project dwellers were single Somali mothers with large broods of children. Those who are unable to obtain public housing were handed Section 8 vouchers, which the federal government provided to subsidize their rent in private apartments. The northern city with its frigid climate became welfare heaven for the arrivals from the vast desert areas of northern Africa.

The newcomers have shown scant interest in securing employment. When Renee Bernier, the president of the Lewiston city council, offered to hire 30 Somalis at the rate of $8 to $10 an hour to hold warning signs at construction sites, few displayed interest. The handful, who did apply, said that they were only willing to work between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The Somali population of Lewiston now exceeds 40,000.  H/T MICHAEL

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18 comments on “SOMALI MUSLIM IMMIGRANTS turning American small towns into Islamic welfare enclaves

  1. This is site is absolutely ridiculous. I will continue to fight for immigration rights and decreasing ignorance, such as this.

  2. Very true thread. Many of these Somali Bantus (Somali “refugees”) live in the Houston,TX housing projects Clayton Homes, Kelly Village,and Cuney Homes. Pursuing the American Dream http://www.housingforhouston.com/media/30067/final%20edition%201st%20quarter%20newsletter.pdf Some of these Somali Bantus assimilate with ghetto blacks. Zeituni Onyango President Obama’s Muslim aunt an illegal alien from Kenya caused controversy when it was revealed she lived in public housing (housing project) in Boston.

  3. It’s scary how much people underestimate the threat that Islam presents a modern, secular society. Isn’t it alarming to anyone that Islam was founded by, and around a bloodthirsty warlord? At least the other major religons (Christianity and Buhdism) were inspired by compassion, empathy and understanding.
    Islam exists as a cancer. They have no intention of “getting along”, at least until they are large enough to force sharia law on the population who live along with them. The problem is we’re losing a game we don’t know we’re playing.
    It’s great to see another site opening people’s eyes to the threat that Islam represents. At some point we must realize the war is already on our shores. If you really want to reach the masses, stop using all the extremist rhetoric, and “white Christian Americans” non-sense. You’ll move mountains instead of just shouting into the wind.

    • MTH, stop posting BS. Muslims had nothing at all to do with anything in math. Muslims did not invent algebra, Indians did. Arabs allegedly named the number zero. Egypt was a very advanced civilization until Islam came in and destroyed its creativity and innovation.

      • I have never left a comment before, but the hatred and inhumanity that oozes from this site is abhorrent, and quite clearly, its author is a venomous bigot who breeds nothing but hate and paranoia.
        The integration of Muslims in the U.S. will not be destructive to this country; people who are as irrational and hateful as you will be. Let’s practice a little of that Christian stuff and “love thy neighbor.”

        Oh and by the way–

        Islamic contributions to mathematics began around 825 AD when the Baghdad mathematician Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī wrote his famous treatise al-Kitāb al-mukhtaṣar fī ḥisāb al-jabr wa’l-muqābala (translated into Latin in the 12th century as Algebra et Almucabal, from which the modern term algebra is derived).

  4. This is the very reason why everyone sees Americans as ungrateful.Firstly this article is obviously bias to the point of being anti Muslim entirely. Secondly think about it in the way that these people came from a war torn land and they cant get back to their homeland in fear of death. In the UK we may grumble a bit about immigration but we realise that these people need help that’s why we have things such as the NHS, a free medical service that costs a third of the american health care system might I add, to help people even if they are immigrants without charge of insurance or whatever.
    So get over the whole not getting benefits, anyone should be able to get benefits and you shouldn’t single them as a group. Think of this morally

    • britishgirl, morons like you are the reason your country is turning into an Islamic slum. “Ungrateful” you call Americans? Ungrateful for what – Muslim entitlement whores, jihadists, and criminals? FYI We take in more immigrants than most of the world’s nations combined. The fact that we don’t want Muslim scum from Somalia who are responsible for paedophile sex gangs, and draining the welfare system of any city they infest, not to mention trying to force schools and businesses to make special accommodations for their filthy death cult posing as a religion, simply means that we Americans, unlike you left wing British garbage, want to save our country from exactly what you are suffering.

      As for our bias against Islam, yes we hate Islam and most of its followers.

      Now, get lost, and grow up, stupid little dhimmi.

    • @britishgurl,

      What? You thought no one else from the UK would be on this site to counter your ignorance and dangerous apologist sympathies.

      “Americans as ungrateful” What the hell are you talking about? What a bizarre world view you have? Clearly it is based upon some made up conjectures. If anything, the world needs to be very grateful towards the US for either feeding them (See Hoover and the American Relief Administration in 1920’s Russia. Not to mention feeding Europe after two World Wars.) Or providing military assistance. I am not even going to list the obvious. But, because you are so fucking ignorant, I cite you, the American Commodore Josiah Tattnall who in 1895 broke ranks to provide protective cover for both the British and French at Taku Forts, China.

      Next…

      Unless your a scrounger and you clearly are, as you actually believe the NHS is free. Those of us that work, actually pay for the NHS out of our paychecks. Clearly, as you have never worked a day in your life, you would not be unaware that the money actually does come from somewhere and it is not the government fairy, you numpty.

      You said,

      “a free medical service that costs a third of the american health care system might I add, to help people even if they are immigrants without charge of insurance or whatever.”

      Again, no idea where you’re getting your data from. Having lived in both the US and UK, the costs come out to the same, but how the money is appropriated is different between countries-one goes to the government and the other via your employer. Both systems are flawed and both have it’s merits. As for immigrants, legal immigrants have the medical care paid via insurance or a charity. As for the illegal’s they get a free ride and preferential treatment via the American taxpayers or they are written off by the hospital.

      No. Not everyone in the UK should get benefits. Benefits were meant as a means to help people as a stop gap or aid a serious illness or disability. It was never ever meant to be a lifestyle choice and subsidize someone else’s life choices. That is theft, you are stealing someone else’s time and money.

      You said,

      “these people came from a war torn land and they cant get back to their homeland in fear of death.”

      I bet, “these people” love bleeding hearts like you. Honey, there is a reason why the UK has been nicknamed ‘Treasure Island’ and it is not because of “fear of death” in their homelands. It is also because the UK and Europe are getting lots of “13 year old boys” form Afghanistan who have to shave twice a day, have deep voices and smoke cigarettes. Funny, when a few actually get asylum, suddenly they’re older and get this, from a totally different shithole of a country.

      What Britain gets are opportunist, chancers and war criminals like, Phillip Machemedze, Mugabee’s executioner. Rwandan war criminal’s like Modeste Kennedy Hakizimana and terrorist scumbags like Abu Qatada. The legitimate asylum seekers are minimal compared to the economic migrants and parasites. But, as a scrunger you should be careful what you wish for, as legitimate Brits get booted to the back of the line or they are completely shoved off in favour of these “immigrants” you so favour.

      And one last thing you scrounger, since your so concerned with what is moral. it is absolutely immoral and obscene to steal from anyone. Therefore, Benefits going to someone who does not deserve them or have a legitimate need for them is an act of theft.

      Wanting them (benefits) to find your life because you can’t be bothered is theft…so, no, not “anyone should be able to get benefits.”

      The worse thing of all is knowing you can vote.

  5. I can’t even find a person at my county office who is applying for benefits who speaks English anymore. My boyfriend lost his job, he couldn’t get help. It takes the citizen of Minnesota 3-4 months before Social Services even looks at the application. But everything for the immigrant is free for the first 6 months-including most of them are driving new cars. And what really makes me angry is that the main agency locating people here is Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota. The least they could do is keep them in their own state. What gives them the right to place them here just because we have better Welfare? Or better yet, if they want them-why don’t they support them?

    • A natural born US Citizen of ANY “race” will have a harder time getting benefits from the state (even if the need of said citizen is a dire one) than many who emigrate to the US simply to get on welfare and state benefits. Mohammedans are the worst about it, it seems.

    • @Sheila Hagenson,

      The US like Britain has created a two tier immigrant system. One, for those who have to qualify and jump through hoops to come into the US and Britain. Legally, you can not claim benefits in either country if you are an immigrant, you have to prove that you can support yourself and/or a family before entering. The second tier for those who break or ignore the law, receive generous compensation and living assistance. Without, having to go through the same demanding and rigorous qualifiers.

      There is nothing free for the vast majority of white, western legal immigrants into the US-no welfare for you.

      In fact, for the US upon entering and receiving your Green Card, you have swear and sign that you accept that you are prohibited from receiving any form of governmental assistance. In other words no welfare for you.

      But, illegals coming into the US can be given housing, food and phones within 24 hours of entering into the US. And it can be the same in the UK.

  6. If some jobs at Target do not require a person to handle pork, those jobs will become “muslim jobs” Wait and see — only muslims will ever fill those jobs.

  7. A friend of mine worked on a pipeline in Nigeria in the 90’s and told me that the Nigerian dream was to come to America and sign up for welfare.

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