Omar Faces Questions After Report Fails to Disprove She Married Her Brother to Protect His Immigration Status

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Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) is facing questions after a report was unable to disprove that she married her brother to protect his immigration status.

As IJR previously reported, the congresswoman came under fire after the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board uncovered the fact that the congresswoman had filed joint taxes with a man she wasn’t legally married to.

Omar filed taxes with her current husband, Ahmed Hirsi, while she was legally married to Ahmed Nur Said Elmi. The Star Tribune, Minnesota’s largest newspaper, broke down Omar’s marriage history:

  • Omar married Hirsi in a religious ceremony in 2002, but the couple never legally wed.
  • She and Hirsi split in 2008, citing that the couple had met an “impasse in [their] life together.”
  • The congresswoman legally married Elmi in 2009. The couple split in 2011, but did not legally divorce until 2017.
  • In 2012, Omar reconnects with Hirsi and the couple have their third child.
  • Omar legally married Hirsi in 2018.

The Minnesota Campaign Finance Board found that Omar had filed joint-taxes with Hirsi in 2014-2015, though the two were not legally married.

In 2016, a small Minnesota outlet, Alpha News, put together a report that alleged that Omar and Elmi were siblings and had only gotten married to game the immigration system.

The report struggled to gain mainstream traction in the state, as reporter David Steinberg explained.

The Alpha News report cited social media reports where Elmi and Omar appeared to be siblings, rather than spouses, including one post from 2012 congratulating Hirsi and Omar on the birth of their third child, who Elim referred to as his “nieces.”

Now, a new report from the Star Tribune largely verified the findings of Alpha News and drew more questions about the marriage history of Omar and Elmi.

“The search of records could neither conclusively confirm nor rebut the allegation that he is Omar’s sibling,” the Tribune reported, noting that they had both declined to comment on the story.

Several people responded to the reports by Alpha News and the Star Tribune, raising even more questions to Omar about her first legal marriage.

For now, it isn’t clear what will happen. Omar has refused to respond to reports about the allegations, neither denying or affirming the reports. Prior to the publication of the Tribune report, her spokesperson released a statement on Friday saying:

“Whether by colluding with right-wing outlets to go after Muslim elected officials or hounding family members, legitimate media outlets have a responsibility not to fan the flames of hate. Continuing to do so is not only demeaning to Ilhan, but to her entire family.”

Now that the story has broken into Minnesota’s mainstream, it remains unclear what her team’s response will be.

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Molly
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Molly

She is a poor representative as an American, an elected official, and a Muslim. She needs to be held accountable and kicked out of government and the United States of America. If you want to immigrate here, assimilate.

Agapito Rodriguez
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Agapito Rodriguez

send both back to somalia is a disgrace have a woman like her in the congress creating divisions in america

Frank
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Frank

DNA baby !!!

Jenny
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Jenny

Why can lawbreakers set laws for us? She needs to be prosecuted and kicked out of Congress for not upholding our laws.

F.d. Lindow
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F.d. Lindow

Whether by colluding with LEFT wing liberal outlets to go after Trumph supporters or the President, is not being responsible in not fanning the flames of hate.It goes both ways!

Fd.Lindow
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Fd.Lindow

It seems nobody on the left want’s to cover this in depth and find out the facts. Do the same as if she was Trumph!

Michael A Gerardo
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Michael A Gerardo

Omar should loose her seat in Congress.These allegations, about her mariages,and tax return fillings,if true,are grounds enough for her to be dismissed from Congress.Add these allegations to the fact that she hates Israel,and Jews,plus constantly talks against them,is appalling.She hates this country(USA),and is unAmerican.Why do her colleagues,in the heavily left wing liberal Democratic Congress,say nothing,and let her get away with everything?Stop trying to investigate Trump,and Impeaching him.Omar,along with the Muslim woman from Michigan,and Cortez from New York,are a disgrace. How could the people of Minnesota elect her?Where is their patriotic pride?Maybe
she’s in this country illegally?

Jeanette
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Jeanette

She should be thrown out of the Congressional Seat, and lose her citizenship. Violation of the laws of Minnesota and of this country should be grounds for deportation.

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