Subscribe to our mailing list

What Topic Matters Most To You?
View Privacy Policy

Al Franken Admits Some Somali Immigrants Have Gone Back to Syria to Fight with ISIS

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) acknowledged that members of Minnesota’s Somalian community have gone back to Syria to fight with ISIS during an interview on CNN’s State of the Union.

CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Franken about a Department of Justice report which states that ISIS is targeting members of Minnesota’s Somali refugee community and whether it makes sense to enact President Trump’s travel ban.

“Well, the people that ISIS is targeting, and those people in the Somali community, in our vibrant Somali community in Minnesota, they have – in a couple, in a few cases they have gone back to Somalia to fight with Shabaab and they’ve gone to Syria to fight with ISIS,” Franken admitted to Tapper.

Franken then proceed to talk about a four-year-old refugee that was impacted by President Trump’s travel ban. He did not address directly whether further vetting measures would be wise or not.