Politics

Somali Community Leader Confirms Omar Married Brother

A Minneapolis man says Ilhan married her brother Ahmed Elmi for immigration purposes.

Thomas Gallatin · Feb. 24, 2020

For the first time, a member of Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Somali community in Minneapolis has come forward confirming the long-running rumor that she married her brother to help him remain in the U.S. According to the story published in The Daily Mail, Abdihakim Osman, a Somali community leader who claims to have known Omar for years, “is the first person to go on record to speak of how Omar said she wanted to get her brother papers so he could stay in the United States, at a time when she was married to her first husband Ahmed Hirsi.”

The article continues by noting, “Hardly anyone realized that meant marrying him. ‘No one knew there had been a wedding until the media turned up the marriage certificate years later,’ Osman, 40, exclusively told DailyMail.com.”

The reason Osman claims that Omar’s brother, Ahmed Elmi, ended up in the U.S. from England was due to him getting involved in the wrong crowd. Osman alleges, “[Elmi] 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.’”

Osman maintains that the Somali community knew nothing of Omar’s legal marriage to Elmi because the two obtained their marriage outside their Muslim community and it was performed by a Christian minister. They then moved to Fargo, North Dakota, where Elmi attended North Dakota State University. However, Osman believes that all throughout Omar’s sham marriage to Elmi she and Hirsi were never really apart.

The Washington Free Beacon reports, “Omar legally married Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, who is alleged to be her brother, in 2009. Omar said Elmi was a British citizen at the time, and he began attending college in the United States. The two separated in 2011 but did not legally divorce until 2017. Omar then reunited with Hirsi, and the couple had a third child together. They were married legally shortly after her divorce from Elmi was finalized.”

The FBI has been looking into the claims that Omar married her brother and will likely now be talking with Osman following this latest accusation.

Omar responded by claiming that someone was being paid off to make these “fake new stories in order to delegitimize me and those I represent [and it] isn’t a good look. Desperation is a sad mobilizing tool.” Marrying your brother to defraud U.S. immigration isn’t a good look either.

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