A new petition on the White House websites is demanding the Trump administration investigate freshman Democrat congresswoman Ilhan Omar amid widespread allegations that the Muslim lawmaker married her brother to skirt immigration law.
The request titled, “We The People, call on Congress to immediately start an investigation into Ilhan Omar’s illegal citizenship status,” was posted on petitions.whitehouse.gov on July 15.
“Newly uncovered evidence strongly supports claims that state Rep. Ilhan Omar may have married her brother,” the petition states. “Omar may have married her brother Ahmed Nur Said Elmi in order to aid Elmi in obtaining U.S. citizenship.
“The two were married in 2009 and later divorced in 2017. While being legally married to Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, Omar has publicly identified Ahmed Hirsi as her cultural husband and father of her children.
Omar has refused to answer questions regarding her marriage history, calling the claims that she married her brother “disgusting lies. However, new evidence uncovered by David Steinberg of PJ Media further supports the belief that Ahmed Nur Said Elmi was indeed Omar’s brother.”
The White House petition requires over 100,000 signatures by Aug. 14 to get a response from the Trump administration and has amassed 348 signatures at the time of this publication.
Since Omar emerged as a public figure in August of 2016, a trail of evidence suggests the Somali-born Democrat entered into a sham marriage.
Public records show Omar married Ahmed Elmi, who she identified as a “British citizen,” in 2009. Omar married Elmi, her alleged brother, so he could legally enter the United States.
Yet, she sought a legal marriage license with Ahmed Hirsi in Minnesota at the age of 19. Though she and Hirsi had three children together, they did not legally wed until January 2018, after she had served in the Minnesota legislature for a year and divorced Elmi in 2017.
In June, the Minnesota Campaign Finance Board released documents in the case of campaign finance violations against Omar. The documents revealed in a state probe of campaign finance violations show that Omar filed federal taxes in 2014 and 2015 with her current husband, Ahmed Hirsi, while she was still legally married to but separated from Elmi.
The recent findings of the campaign finance board also discovered Omar improperly used campaign money to pay an attorney to fix her tax filings.
Allegations that Omar married her brother became widespread following a report published in Aug. 2016 by Powerline:
A reader has written us to point out that the Somali website Somalispot posted information last week suggesting Omar’s involvement in marriage and immigration fraud. The post notes that Omar married Ahmed Hirsi in 2002. Hirsi is the father of Omar’s three children. Omar is depicted with Hirsi and their children on Omar’s campaign website here.”
The post further notes that Omar married her brother Ahmed Nur Said Elmi in 2009, implying that the latter marriage assisted his entry into the United States. Her brother was a British citizen. “As soon as Ilhan Omar married him,” the post continues, “he started university at her [a]lma mater North Dakota State University where he graduated in 2012. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Minneapolis where he was living in a public housing complex and was later evicted. He then returned to the United Kingdom where he now lives.”
Omar has issued statements denying that Ahmed Elmi is her brother, calling the claims “disgusting.” Yet, she has refused to produce documents contesting the lingering allegations, insists accusations she married her brother are premised on anti-Muslim bigotry and has declined to publicly disclose her tax and immigration records.
In February, investigative journalist Laura Loomer brought a sworn affidavit to Omar’s office, asking her to swear under penalty of perjury that she has never married any of her biological siblings. Omar could not be found at her office, nor her home, even though a phone call to her staff confirmed that she was in her home district.
At a joint campaign event in August 2018, Loomer confronted Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib on video about her their ties to terrorist organizations, affiliation with CAIR, refusal to condemn HAMAS, Omar’s fraudulent marriage to her brother and her use of her campaign funds to pay her divorce attorney.
Tlaib physically assaulted Loomer, who is Jewish, and tried to steal her phone.
The petition demanding Omar be investigated comes after President Donald Trump on Sunday called on Omar and her progressive colleagues in Congress to “go back and help fix the totally broken crime infested places from which they came.”
“But if you’re not happy in the U.S., if you’re complaining all the time, very simply you can leave, you can leave right now. Come back if you want, don’t come back, that’s okay too. But if you’re not happy, you can leave,” he added.
Responding to questions from reporters Monday, the president doubled down on his criticism of Omar.
“Somebody that comes from Somalia, which is a failed government, a failed state, who left Somalia and ultimately came here and now is a congresswoman, is never happy,” said the president. “[She] says horrible things about Israel, hates Israel, hates Jews, hates Jews, it’s very simple.”
Omar, a first-generation American, is a Muslim immigrant who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Somalia after the country’s civil war in 1991. According to GlobalSecurity.org “since 1991, an estimated 350,000 to 1,000,000 Somalis have died because of the conflict.”
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