Ilhan Omar

Omar was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, in October 1982. According to the biography posted on her own website, she lived there for around eight years before her family fled to a refugee camp in Kenya, moving to the United States four years later, and eventually settling in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis in 1997. 

In a 2018 interview with the Intercept website’s “Deconstructed” podcast, Omar said she became a naturalized U.S. citizen before she turned 18 years old, explaining that, “My father became a citizen and so I got my citizenship through that process.”

In the same interview, she said her family resettled in the U.S. in 1995. Since a would-be naturalized citizen must first live in the U.S. as a permanent resident for five years, 2000 would be the earliest year in which Omar’s father (and Omar herself) could become citizens. Since Omar was born in October 1982, she turned 18 in October 2000. So, based on the sequence of events presented by Omar, it appears she became a U.S. citizen at the age of 17, some time between January and October 2000 —

Although Omar’s account makes sense, and we found no substantive dispute over it, we were unable to locate any official documentation that supports that version of events. We asked Omar’s spokesperson and district director to provide any official documentation that would confirm the date of her naturalization, but we received no such evidence.

The Congresswoman’s spokesperson reiterated that she became a U.S. citizen in 2000, and pointed out that an individual cannot be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives without demonstrating citizenship, but the spokesperson did not have Omar’s “personal government documents.”

Until and unless evidence of that nature becomes available to us, definitively establishing that Omar became a U.S. citizen in 2000 she has pull off one of the greatest cons in history.

Excerpts above taken from article by Dan MacGuill Published 16 July 2019


In the AP story, Omar’s replies to all this are those of the victim combined with overtones of the royal “we”:

“We choose not to further the narratives of those who would oppose us” Omar’s statement said, adding that she believes the claims are being made by people who want to stop a black, female Muslim from sitting in Congress.

The chronology of all this, briefly, follows:

  • 1982 — Born in Somalia;
  • 1991 — Went to refugee camp in Kenya;
  • 1995 — Came to United States as a refugee, becoming a citizen at some later point;
  • 2002 — Took out a marriage license to marry Ahmed Hirsi (AKA Ahmed Aden), but did not marry him except in a Muslim ceremony; they had two kids;
  • 2008 — Parted from Hirsi; a Muslim divorce, not recorded, took place;
  • 2009 — Married Ahmed Elmi; a marriage certificate exists;
  • 2011 — Parted from Elmi, with a Muslim divorce;
  • 2012 — Reunited with Hirsi and had a third child;
  • 2017 — Formally divorced Elmi (after being elected to the legislature);
  • 2018 — Married (re-married?) Hirsi and was nominated for Congress.

At the very least, a busy lady — one with a fondness for guys named Ahmed.

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