Ilhan Omar: “A Warning to the Rest of Us”

The twitterverse is still alive with furious buzz about President Trump’s tweets the other day suggesting that (unnamed) persons not happy with life in America should go back where they came from.  A few days before that tweetstorm, we told you about Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson’s comments regarding one of the persons Trump was presumably referring to–the only one who didn’t “come from” the U.S.–Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who is a native Somalian and who came to us by way of Kenya.

In the July 10 post, Carlson referred to some of Omar’s comments about her life in America (it’s terrible) and then suggested a change to our immigration system in line with President Trump’s subsequent remarks. He said, “Ilhan Omar has become living proof that the way we practice immigration has become dangerous to this country. . . . No country can import large numbers of people who hate it and expect to survive. She’s a living fire alarm, a warning to the rest of us. We better change our immigration system immediately or else.”

This is sufficient cause to pay a little added attention to Ms. Omar’s experience as an immigrant.  The Minneapolis Star Tribune has recently done just that.

Referring to results of an investigation by a state campaign finance board, the Star Tribune states that Ms. Omar may be guilty of immigration fraud as well as violations of various state election laws as well as anti-incest laws as well as perjury as well as God knows what else.

The violations revolve around just who Ms. Omar married and when–and why–did she marry him. In 2014 and 2015 she filed joint income tax returns with the man who happens to now be her current husband, Ahmed Hirsi. She appears to have first “married” Hirsi in 2002, though in an Islamic, not-legally-binding ceremony.  In 2009, she does appear to have actually (but perhaps not really legally) married a UK citizen named  Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, from whom she divorced in 2011. There is evidence that Elmi is actually Omar’s  biological brother, whom she married to smooth his move from the UK to the U.S., a marriage that was thus in violation of immigration laws, not to mention Minnesota anti-incest laws.

These charges and others have been floating around Minnesota in newspapers and web chat rooms for years,  and the case is so convoluted it is difficult to sort out the facts. Here are some links for those interested:

There is certainly enough smoke here to suggest a real fire (or “fire alarm” as Carlson would have it). The picture that emerges is of a foreigner sufficiently savvy to game our broken immigration system, flaunt any number of our laws, and get herself elected to our national assembly where she is embraced by the media and this country’s political far left.  Such persons are dangerous. We would be wise to heed Carlson’s advice: “We better change our immigration system immediately or else.”


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