FBI statistics show Minnesota’s Fifth District, long held by Democrats and currently represented by Rep. Ilhan Omar, has the inglorious distinction of being the congressional district with the highest rate of terrorism recruitment anywhere in the United States.
Minnesota’s Somali-born population is the highest in the United States, with the most recent estimates surpassing 100,000 in and around Minneapolis.
Federal authorities remain “highly concerned” while Rep. Omar’s record of controversial statements has come under increasing scrutiny.
The Daily Caller’s Matt M. Miller reports:
In the past, Omar has shown her strong affinity for the Somali community in her district, as well as abroad. In one case in 2016, Omar — who at the time was only a state rep. in Minnesota — defended a group of nine Somalis who had attempted to cross the border into Mexico in a plan to reach Syria, “planning to join ISIS,” KMSP-TV reports.
When they were arrested, she wrote a letter to the judge who oversaw their case asking him to have “compassion” for the wannabe terrorist and to take a “restorative approach to justice.”
Omar wrote to the Judge:
Such punitive measures not only lack efficacy, they inevitably create an environment in which extremism can flourish, aligning with the presupposition of terrorist recruitment. . . . The best deterrent to fanaticism is a system of compassion. We must alter our attitude and approach; if we truly want to affect change, we should refocus our efforts on inclusion and rehabilitation.
When referring to the 2013 bombing of a Kenyan mall by a Somali-based terrorist organization, Omar blamed the massacre on America’s involvement in other people’s affairs. (RELATED: Dem Rep’s VERY INTERESTING Take on Terrorism)