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Ilhan Omar back in immigration hotseat, former ally in Somali community drops claim about brother

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A whistleblower from the Somali community in Minneapolis where Rep. Ilhan Omar grew up claims that the rumors that the congresswoman once married her own brother to help him bypass America’s immigration laws are true.

Abdihakim Osman, a local Somali community leader who used to be among the congresswoman’s friends, revealed in an interview with the Daily Mail this week that nobody in the community even knew about the marriage until sleuths in the conservative media brought it up years later.

To Osman and his peers in Minneapolis, the man that documents now show Omar had married, Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, had always been known simply as her brother —  her seemingly gay brother, that is.

“People began noticing that Ilhan and [Ahmed Abdisalan Hirsi, her first husband]  were often with a very effeminate young guy,” Osman said to the Daily Mail through an interpreter.

“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. So they sent him to Minneapolis as ‘rehab.'”

Documents show that Omar married Hirsi in 2002. They subsequently divorced in 2008, a year before Elmi entered the picture.

The following year, Omar legally married Elmi on Feb. 12, 2009, in Eden Prairie, a small town nearly 20 miles from her home in Minneapolis.

“She said she needed to get papers for her brother to go to school,” Osman said of the secretive marriage. “We all thought she was just getting papers together to allow him to stay in this country. Once she had the papers they could apply for student loans.”

And so nobody really knew about the marriage, which seems odd given all the attention that was given to her first marriage to Hirsi.

“When [Hirsi] and Ilhan got married, a lot of people were invited,” Osman noted. “It was a big Islamic wedding uniting two large clans in the Minneapolis community. I would say there were 100-150 people there. [But] when she married Elmi, no one even knew about it.”

It was almost as if she was trying to hide something.

“Osman believes Elmi and Omar sought out someone outside the Somali community to conduct the ceremony because an imam would have known they were related and would have refused to marry them,” the Daily Mail notes.

However, no matter how hard Ilhan tries to hide the truth, documents such as the marriage license below are here to stay:

Two years after her marriage to Elmi, Omar suddenly reconciled with Hirsi and went on to have a third child with him in 2012.

Five years later in 2017, she and Elmi were legally divorced. The next year, she and Hirsi were legally married up until their highly publicized divorce last year.

However, Osman believes the 2018 re-marriage to Hirsi was a total sham.

“They never parted,” he reportedly scoffed, echoing the growing belief that her temporary divorce from him was all part of a scheme to help her brother relocate to the U.S. so he could attend school here.

But according to the congresswoman, this belief is an example of “anti-Muslim smears and hate speech”:

FYI, Osman appears to be a Muslim …

When questioned about Osman’s claims, the congresswoman’s spokesperson reportedly told the Daily Mail, “The Congresswoman is focused on the work her constituents sent her to Washington to accomplish.”

But considering that she’s reportedly being investigated by the Department of Justice, by the Department of Education and by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, perhaps it might be time for her to stop smearing her critics as bigots and start addressing the now-viral rumors.

Vivek Saxena


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