9th February 2016: House Democrats of Minnesota announced their intentions to push for an additional $2 million to counter terrorism and recruiting efforts of youth to overseas terror organizations like al Shabaab and ISIS in Syria.
Minneapolis which has a very large Somali community has been the focus and prime target for recruitment into the international recognized terror groups. Reports indicate that in the past few years more than 22 men have left to join al Shabaab in Somalia and a dozen more to join ISIS in Syria.
Last year a $250,000 budget was set aside for the same with the representatives seeking an increase to combat the increasing threat posed by the recruitment cartels operating in the state. Among the programs suggested include increasing the social workers participation in Minneapolis, job training, employment assistance and children’s programs that are aimed at rooting the problem from ground up.
Minneapolis city has the among the largest population of Somalis living in the diaspora making it a prime target for recruitment officers for the al Shabaab and ISIS by exploiting the youth who are hungry to know about their motherland and get radicalized without even realizing it.