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Local Somali youth group refuses federal grant because it's 'deeply troubled' by Trump Administration

Ka Joog got a $499,998 grant last month.

A local Somali youth organization is refusing a nearly $500,000 federal grant because it is "deeply troubled" by the Trump Administration's policies.

Ka Joog and another local nonprofit were among the organizations to get money from the Department of Homeland Security's "Countering Violent Extremism" program.

But on Wednesday, Ka Joog said it was declining the $499,998 "developing resilience" grant, saying the organization's process to bring change has been "hindered by the Trump Administration to instill fear, uncertainty and anti-Muslim sentiments."

Ka Joog said it is "deeply troubled" by the Trump Administration's policies, saying they promote "an unofficial war on Muslim-Americans and immigrants," adding the president's executive orders on immigration and travel "counter the values of our nation."

This news came not long after it was reported that the White House is considering changing the "Countering Violent Extremism" program to focus just on Islamic extremism, not other extremist groups like white supremacists, Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter, reports.

This change has some worried that Muslims will be even more hesitant to trust and work with the new administration, the publication adds. However, those who have been critical of the "Countering Violent Extremism" program have called it ineffective and politically correct.

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