San Bernardino Shooting Suspect Town Is Site for Planned Syrian Refugee Settlement

Police in Redlands, CA Reuters

The area around San Bernardino, California was the site of intense debates about Muslim immigration in the immediate days before Wednesday night’s horrific mass shooting.

Police searched a home in Redlands, California, fifteen minutes away from where the shooting occurred as part of its investigation into the suspects. Thus far, the name Syed Farook has been given as a suspect in the case.

The U.S. State Department recently chose Redlands as the proposed site of a Syrian refugee settlement due to its already active Middle Eastern immigrant community. Catholic Charities was identified as a broker for the federal government program.

Citizens in Redlands, California took action in response to the area’s Muslim immigration threat, appearing before the town’s mayor in a public forum in October to voice their concerns.

Groups including Redlands Tea Party, Redlands Townhall, and Redlands Tea Party Patriots expressed concern about this issue, and two op-eds (HERE AND HERE) appeared in local publications.

The situation got so heated that the Islamic Center of Redlands held an “Open Mosque Day” in mid-October to try to quell the community’s concerns.

“I don’t care to be politically correct any longer. This is just a plan for disaster,” one concerned woman told town officials at the public forum in video footage obtained by Breitbart News:

As Breitbart News reported, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) quickly moved into the area to hold a Wednesday night presser pushing back against charges that Islam is responsible for the mass shooting. CAIR featured a local mosque leader named Muzammil Siddiqi, who once said that Muslim suicide bombers die for “justice” and served as a veritable religious adviser to a suspected al Qaeda operative who was part of his mosque.


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