Gov. Mark Dayton said he met with U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger Sunday night with Lt. Gov. Tina Smith amidst the arrest of six Minnesota men charged with planning to leave the United States and fight alongside Islamic extremist groups.
Dayton said he is concerned about the recruiting efforts taking place in the Minnesota Somali community and pledged whatever assistance his administration could provide.
He said his administration would make a concerted effort to reach out to the Somali community and bring them into state government with appointments to boards and commissions while also urging the private sector to bring young Somali men into the economy.
"I think we need to do a better job, all of us, in providing a lot of good reasons for young Somali youth to see their better future here in Minnesota,” Dayton said.
A Minnesota House committee added $250,000 to a public safety bill Monday to combat terrorism recruitment.