An increase in refugee resettlement into the United States from Somalia is growing, and has been considered to be a particular area of concern for terrorist recruitment.

And now, the federal government is sending more money — directly from U.S. taxpayers — to the state of Maine to assist one of the fastest growing Somali communities in the country.

Maine is often thought of as a state of quiet, picturesque little towns, the epitome of small-town America — but therein lies the problem.

The increase of refugees migrating to small-town U.S.A. not only affects local communities, but provides the perfect place for potential terrorist cells to develop and grow.

Maine is currently a leading state in the amount of resettled Somali refugees coming to the U.S., behind only Minnesota and North Dakota.

To date, 97,385 Somali refugees have been resettled in the U.S., with numbers increasing due to President Obama’s intention of bringing tens of thousands more refugees into the country from areas in the Middle East and Africa which are known to be hotbeds of terrorist activity.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has also earmarked $400,000 to increase food access programs in the Somali community of Lewiston, Maine.

This is in addition to a recent grant of over $300,000 to fund a sexual assault and domestic violence center in the area — a telling sign of the issues within the Lewiston refugee community.

Breitbart reports:

“Members of the Somali Bantu community in the city are partnering with the Cumberland County Food Security Council on the project. The funding is expected to support Somalis’ agriculture and help them reconnect with their cultural heritage.

The USDA says the objectives of the project include building the capacity of the Somali Bantu community and its farmers to produce food and address the problem of limited food access. The agency describes the Somali Bantu community as the poorest community in the city, which is the second largest city in the state.”

The Somali refugee crisis in Maine puts more economic strain on the state, and is but one example of the larger problems caused by an influx of refugees admitted in a tidal wave under President Obama’s agenda.

And Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, has warned of creating an enclave of Somalia refugees dependent on U.S. public assistance programs, which in turn, fund the ability of some of these refugees to build terrorist cells on U.S. soil and then regroup in order to return to ISIS or other terrorist organizations.

Trump also explained other consequences to small U.S. communities, such as increased unemployment and strained program resources being diverted from citizens to the refugee population — not to mention creating a pool of recruits for terrorist activities.

The Boston Globe reported on Trump’s comments about the Somali community in Maine earlier this year:

In his remarks on terrorism, Trump paid particular attention to Maine’s Somali refugees.

“We’ve just seen many, many crimes getting worse all the time, and as Maine knows — a major destination for Somali refugees — right, am I right? Well, they’re all talking about it. Maine. Somali refugees. We admit hundreds of thousands — you admit, into Maine, and to other places in the United States — hundreds of thousands of refugees,” Trump said.

 Somali immigration has been a political flash point in largely white Maine, particularly in Lewiston, where officials estimated last year that between 4,000 and 5,000 Somalis live in a community of about 36,000.

“You see it happening. You read about it,” Trump said. “You see it, and you can be smart, and you can be cunning and tough, or you can be very, very dumb and not want to see what’s going on, folks.”

It is obvious to Donald Trump — and many Americans — that an increasing number of refugees from Africa and the Middle East are putting economic and social strains on the communities in which they are resettled.

This is bad enough when millions of hard-working American citizens already struggle to find employment and put food on the table.  But when you add in the obvious risks of dumping a large population of migrants into small U.S. towns — not to mention the cultural clash between communities — it leads one to wonder why the needs of refugee populations are being put ahead of the needs of American citizens.

And Breitbart reports on at least one instance of terrorist activity from a refugee resettled in Maine:

Maine has at least one known link to terrorism among its refugee community. An Iraqi refugee, Adnan Fazelli, who lived in Maine for several years after being initially resettled in Pennsylvania, left his family in Maine to fight for ISIS in 2013. He was killed in a battle in Lebanon in 2015.

If Hillary Clinton is elected and continues the dangerous Obama refugee agenda, it only spells “more-to-come” to a community near you.