Chris discusses the first ever terror attack carried out on US soil by a resettled refugee that was initially resettled in Fargo, ND.
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Chris Berg: Claiming it and also calling Adan a soldier of the Islamic state. Clear will he this is an act of terror. I think many of us knew before this was announced by James Comey. Now it's somewhat official. Before I tell I couldn't this is such big news, let me share with you just a bit about Adan and why this matters to you and your family.
Here is a person that stabbed ten people in a mall while yelling things about Allah and asking up with of the victims if he was Muslim or not. A Somali leader from Fargo also said this after the terrorist attack in St. Cloud. She said Adan, born in Kenya and his family left Somalia as refugees and settled in Fargo in the mid 1990s when he was about one years old. She's a local Fargo Somali leader. Adan attended Fargo public schools until his family moved to St. Cloud at least six years ago. She went on to say.
So why is this such big news? Because according to the state department, this is the first ever -- let me repeat this -- first ever terrorist attack on U.S. soil that has been carried out by a resettled refugee and Fargo is ground zero for it. This statement, according to the U.S. state department, of the 3 million refugees we have admitted into the United States since 1975, including nearly 785,000 refugees admitted to the U.S. since the events of 9-11, approximately a dozen, a tiny fraction of 1%, have either been arrested or removed from the United States due to security concerns that existed prior to their resettlement in the United States. So there have been refugees that have been arrested. They've been removed from the U.S. in the past for terror plots. But they were never executed. They were never taken out by these people.
So here you've got one on U.S. soil from Somalia that was settled here in Fargo. Goes out and stabs ten people in the name of Allah in St. Cloud. This radicalization thing that everybody thought would never come here is right now right here in our backyard. I'm hoping that some of you can see now why a lot of people in our area are asking questions to Lutheran social services and others about costs. Of course, also safety that's associated with refugee resettlement. Wait 'til you hear this. Speaking about you and your family's safety, more shock news tonight.
I'm going to play a couple clips for you. One from Senator Ted Cruz. The other from North Dakota U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp. The first one is from yesterday. This is one Senator Cruz was questioning the director of U.S. citizenship and immigration services, Leon Rodriguez. During a hearing on the budget for resettlement, he was asked several times, Ted Cruz asked him several times about properly vetting. Are these people being properly vetted? We often hear it's the most stringent process out there. The process we talked about here before. They always say that. But it may not be as stringent as we are being told by this administration because apparently now that you're going to hear in a moment, the new standard in some countries for refugees to get a stamp of approval is simply their own word. We are now basically -- you'll hear this in a moment -- basically taking refugees' words when they tell us they're not terrorists. So we say okay. Here you go. Come on into our borders. I want to you please note Senator Cruz had to ask this gentleman several times this true or false question. So just keep that in context until he finally gets this answer.
Sen. Ted Cruz: Is it true or false that the testimony of the applicant alone can be sufficient for approval?
Leon Rodriguez: There are cases where the testimony is not necessarily corroborated by documents, but it is always tested against country conditions and other information. That's why it doesn't lend itself in the way that you're asking the question, senator.
TC: Are you saying it's true or you're saying it's false? I'm just trying to understand --
LR: No, I am acknowledging that yes, testimony can be the basis for the grant of a refugee. But it needs to be tested against other information that we know about the country conditions at a minimum.
TC: Thank you, sir.
CB: So he just said at a U.S. senate hearing, yes, for some of the refugees, we are simply taking them for their word. Have you ever heard that before? 'Cause I know all of us hear how stringent of a vetting process this is. It's so thorough, it takes forever and now we hear somebody that says, well, some people we're just taking for their word. I want to share another clip with you. Senator Heidi Heitkamp. She is on the senate committee for Homeland Security. Very important to know that because obviously she has classified, confidential information that you and I will never have access to. She's in a hearing earlier this week with the director of Homeland Security, Jay Johnson. He's done a lot of working to out there and try to de-radicalize people, if you will. I want you to listen very closely here. Senator Heidi Heitkamp and a U.S. committee hearing talking about radicalization and the communities in North Dakota. These are her words. Not mine.
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp: Final is, the great work that you're doing in terms of outreach to communities that could potentially become radicalized, I think that's work that almost every community in our state, Minneapolis is obviously an area that you've done a great deal of work on antes radicalization. We have populations that move from Fargo, North Dakota from grand forks, to Minneapolis. How do we take that program more broadly?
CB: She just talked about how a program for anti radicalization, her words -- every community in our state, she kind of caught herself and talked about Minneapolis, grand forks, Fargo. Why is she asking that question to the director of the department of Homeland Security about how we can take a program like that and make it broader if people in our community aren't being radicalized? My question to you tonight is to senator Heitkamp, I'm assuming she does because she knows something about people being radicalized in our community that we're not being told. I don't know. Hypothetically she may be doing this on a preventative basis before anything takes place.
But when you look at the fact of what happened in St. Cloud, nine people -- ten people stabbed in the name of Allah. This person was initially resettled right here in Fargo. It is right here in our backyard. That's what I want you to understand tonight. This is the first -- I've been saying now for months on this show, you open the doors, things can start to happen. Everybody was poo pooing. You're crazy. Well, it just happened and the first one ever, according to the U.S. state department of a resettled refugee having an act of terror that was executed here on the U.S. soil. The person was resettled here in Fargo. I hope people are beginning to wake up and go, whoa. Wait a second. This is very, very real.
Be sure and stay with us. When we come back, Fargo city commissioner Tony Gehrig will join us. We'll talk about the Fargo city budget. Wait until you hear about our city's priority. Elderly people on fixed income potentially being booted out of their homes 'cause they can't afford the property taxes. So we're spending our money, you won't believe it. Join our conversation. Let us know your point of view on the first ever resettled refugee carrying out a terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Call us, text us, E-mail us. We'll be right back.