At least 10 Minnesota day-care centers – most owned by Somali immigrants – are under investigation by state lawmakers following a report linking the businesses to millions of taxpayer dollars flown out of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to terrorist-controlled countries in the Middle East and Africa.
The report by Fox-affiliate KMSP documented an estimated $100 million in cash in 2017 alone, all declared as required by law, transported in carry-on luggage by “hawalas” through the airport. Hawalas are couriers who physically carry cash from the United States to foreign countries where there is no formal banking system or other effective way to transmit money. They are commonly used by Minnesota’s large Somali-immigrant community to remit money to family members living in Somalia.
The day-care centers, according to the report, are in many cases, sham operations, billing the government for all-day childcare that never happens. Video footage outside one