Ilhan Omar's Friend Says Congresswoman 'Married Her Brother' To Get Him Into School
Long time friend, Abdihakim Osman, goes on record
Ilhan Omar's long time friend has revealed that the congresswoman told friends years ago that her second husband was, in fact, her brother.
Abdihakim Osman went on record claiming Omar said she wanted to get her brother papers so he could remain in the United States, at the same time she was married to her first husband, Ahmed Hirsi.
“People began noticing that Ilhan and Southside (Hirsi) were often with a very effeminate young guy [Ahmed Elmi],’" Osman said, according to the Daily Mail.
“He was very feminine in the way he dressed — he would wear light lipstick and pink clothes and very, very, short shorts in the summer. People started whispering about him.”
“[Hirsi] and Ilhan both told me it was Ilhan’s brother, and he had been living in London, but he was mixing with what were seen as bad influences that the family did not like,” Osman continued.
“So they sent him to Minneapolis as ‘rehab.’”
Osman added that "no one knew there had been a wedding until the media turned up the marriage certificate years later."
The explosive revelation is expected to ensure new calls for an investigation into the Minnesota freshman representative, who has repeatedly refused to answer questions on her marriage to Elmi.
Initially, Omar said that the idea that the spouses were also siblings was just 'baseless, absurd rumors,' and accused journalists of Islamophobia.
"The Congresswoman is focused on the work her constituents sent her to Washington to accomplish," Osman said.
Notable immigration attorney Matthew Kolken responded to The Daily Mail’s report by tweeting:
“Marriage fraud may be prosecuted under 8 U.S.C. § 1325 and 18 U.S.C. § 1546(a), which provide a penalty of five years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine for any ‘individual who knowingly enters into a marriage for the purpose of evading any provision of the immigration laws.'”
In July, Political watchdog group Judicial Watch filed a House ethics complaint against Omar over allegations of potential immigration, marriage, and tax fraud.
Ever since her victory last year, she has been dogged by controversy, both over her political positions — especially criticism of Israel — and her complicated married life.
In January this year reports emerged that federal law enforcement officials are reviewing allegations of Omar marrying her bother.
Neon Nettle earlier reported that Omar was under investigation by the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) over allegations she took part in a "sham marriage."
Agents from the FBI called on the Department of Education and ICE to provide information on Omar's marital history.
Investigators with multiple federal agencies are now reportedly reviewing evidence of alleged crimes committed by the Minnesota congresswoman.
Below is the timeline of Omar’s marital history, according to The Minnesota Star Tribune:
1982: Ilhan Omar is born in Somalia, the youngest of seven children.
1997: Omar, still a teenager, settles in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis after fleeing Somalia’s civil war with her family and spending four years in a refugee camp in Kenya.
2002: Omar, now 19, marries Ahmed Hirsi, 22, in their “faith tradition” in Minnesota, but they don’t legally marry.
2008: Omar and Hirsi, now the parents of two children, reach an “impasse in our life together” and divorce in their faith tradition.
2009: Omar, at 26, marries Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, 23, whom she identifies only as a “British citizen.” School records show he attended high school in St. Paul and studied art at North Dakota State University.
2011: Omar and Elmi end their relationship and divorce in their faith tradition, but do not legally divorce until 2017.
2012: Omar and Hirsi reconcile and have a third child together.
2014–15: Omar files joint tax returns with Hirsi, though they are not yet legally married; she remains legally married to Elmi.
2016: Omar, endorsed by the DFL over longtime incumbent Phyllis Kahn, is elected to the Minnesota House, becoming the first Somali-American, Muslim legislator in the United States. But her campaign is rocked by allegations in a Somali news forum and the conservative Power Line blog suggesting that Elmi is her brother and they married for unspecified immigration benefits.
2017: Omar is granted a legal divorce from Elmi.2018: Omar legally marries Hirsi and is elected to Congress.