In this Dec. 20, 2016 photo, several people make use of the self-help computers at an employment center in the center of Minneapolis’ largest Somali district. The centre, which is connected to the jobseekers, employers, was created with grant money as part of a federal pilot project for the fight against terror recruitment by creating opportunities for the youth. (AP Photo/Amy Forliti)
In this Dec. 20, 2016 photo, Mohamud Noor, director of the federation of Somali Community in Minnesota, poses for a picture at an employment center in Minneapolis’ largest Somali district. Noor of the organization created the center with grant money as part of a federal pilot project for the fight against terror recruitment by creating opportunities for the youth. (AP Photo/Amy Forliti)
MINNEAPOLIS – Who are at the forefront of the efforts to combat terror recruiting by providing positive opportunities for Somali youth in Minnesota say that they will continue with the work that they started, in spite of the future unknowns.
Last year, six groups that received funding as part of a federal pilot project to combat the terror recruitment. Boston and Los Angeles are also participating in the project.
Minnesota program focuses on the state’s large Somali community, which is a target for terrorist recruiters. One of the Minnesota efforts, an employment center, has helped about 1,000 people to find a job.
John Cohen, former Department of Homeland Security co-ordinator for counterterrorism, said he is concerned about the future of these programs under a President-elect, Donald Trump, who has agreed to a temporary ban on Muslim immigrants and surveille mosques.
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