Colonization by Immigration

While Living in Maine, Killed ISIS Jihadist Was on Food Stamps, Government Assistance

After four months, the refugee's “sponsoring” organization is not even required to know where the refugee lives.

BY Bruce Cornibe · | August 25, 2016


Before he ended up dead after fighting for the Islamic State in Lebanon, an Iranian Muslim immigrant named Adnan Fazeli received U.S. government assistance while radicalizing in the United States.

Maine’s officials have revealed that “Fazeli was on food stamps and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families for at least four years until 2013.” Maine’s Governor Paul LePage is ordering an examination into “all such benefits in his state.” But Fazeli wasn’t the only beneficiary of government funding in the case, so were Catholic Charities.

Catholic Charities/U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is one of the major contractors (voluntary agencies – VOLAGs) the U.S. government gives substantial funds to in order to resettle refugees. Capital Research Center, an investigative think tank, reveals some startling information about the radical makeup of Catholic Charities/U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops despite their benign sounding names:

These nominally Catholic organizations are the largest VOLAGs, with hundreds of offices spread throughout the country. They are prominent members of the open borders/amnesty movement. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is “the domestic anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops” and a grant-making vehicle of the USCCB. It was founded in Chicago in 1969 with the help of radical organizer Saul Alinsky, specifically to fund Alinsky’s Industrial Areas Foundation. CCHD has been a radical leftist funding vehicle ever since, giving millions to ACORN, the radical training school Midwest Academy, and others. The Industrial Areas Foundation, where a young Barack Obama was trained in “community organizing” with financial support from the Chicago Archdiocese, receives the largest percentage of CCHD grants of any CCHD grantee.

Furthermore, Capital Research Center provides data that shows the millions of dollars in government grants that Catholic Charities/U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have received over recent years to resettle refugees.

So how does Catholic Charities relate to the Fazeli case? Let’s find out.

There’s not a lot of divulged information about Fazeli’s start in America, but he did originally arrive in Philadelphia via a Catholic Charities program. However, the affidavit allegedly doesn’t mention “where that program was based.” According to the Portland Press Herald, after Fazeli made his way to Maine in 2009, he didn’t qualify for assistance from Catholic Charities Maine, but the organization apparently hired him for several months that same year where he operated as a part-time translator. It seems like our tax money is being thrown at VOLAGs like Catholic Charities to resettle refugees, but with little in return for U.S. national security, Refugee Resettlement Watch states:

Refugee resettlement is profitable to the organizations involved in it. They receive money from the federal government for each refugee they bring over. They have almost no real responsibilities for these refugees. After 4 months the “sponsoring” organization is not even required to know where the refugee lives.

What’s even more disturbing is the attitude of Catholic Charities Maine’s Tarlan Ahmadov, the program director of refugee and immigrant services, in regards to the Fazeli incident: “This country is based on immigration,” Ahmadov said. “We are all here with good intentions.

“I’m just worried about his family and his children and his wife, that they would not become hated by their neighbors or other people. This was the choice of their father and husband to make. It’s nothing to do with the children. I think we should look at that different perspective.”

If Ahmadov really thinks all immigrants come to the U.S. with “good intentions” maybe he should do a Bible study on human nature (Jeremiah 17:9, Matthew 15:19, etc.). Furthermore, Ahmadov should be more concerned about the next potential jihadist that walks through Catholic Charities’ doors and keeping their taxpayer funded (partially) services from being used to further jihad, especially against the American people. This is the type of reaction one generally sees from Islamist groups like the Hamas linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), who are more concerned about protecting non-violent ‘anti-Muslim bigotry’ than exposing their co-religionists that blow innocent people up.

There are also a lot of questions into how Fazeli radicalized, and if his family actually knew about his desire for jihad. Of course, some will focus on the part of the affidavit that allegedly claimed “Fazeli frequently watched hours of Islamic videos online…” giving the impression that his radicalization was isolated. There’s almost always a network of contributors involved in these cases of radicalization besides just online videos. George Loder, a detective for the Maine State Police, gives some insight into possible members of Fazeli’s network, allegedly written in the affidavit:

“Fazeli’s change in behavior alienated him from many of his Shia and moderate Sunni friends in the area. However, there were a few local Sunnis who supported his fervor and treated him with a great deal of respect. Fazeli started holding occasional religious meetings at his home in Freeport,” Loder said in the affidavit, describing what one informant had said.

The family, as usual, denies all knowledge of Fazeli’s radical plans to join ISIS. Supposedly they only found out after he called his wife when already outside the U.S. Soon after that call is when Fazeli’s nephew, Ebrahim Fazeli, informed the authorities about his uncle.

There are many things in the Fazeli case that don’t add up. More information about the case will likely continue to come out to help clarify current intelligence gaps. We know that more needs to be done to enhance the security and accountability of the refugee resettlement process as well as measures that lead to welfare reform. Until changes happen to the current system we can expect more welfare funded jihadis in America.



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