A “merit based” immigration policy is fueled by racism toward the Latinx community. Our immigration policies shouldn’t be based on discrimination, fear, or bigotry. We should welcome immigrants to our country and offer a simple pathway to citizenship.
What about the allegations that Ilhan Omar married her brother allegedly to help him commit immigration fraud? What about the allegations that she was still married to her brother when she allegedly married another man?
In 2016, Ilhan Ilhan Omar’s website attributed her win to immigrant Somalis: “More than 250 volunteers and 450 individual donors supported Ilhan’s campaign. ‘I am so proud that the majority of contributions to my campaign are from members of the Somali community who believe in my leadership,’” the site said. Somalis in other states supported her, including Washington state and Ohio.
In 2016, two Minnesota journalists — Scott Johnson of Powerline and Preya Samsundar of AlphaNewsMN — researched an anonymous tip about Ilhan Omar. The tipster had presented evidence that Omar married her brother in 2009, and was still legally his wife as of 2016. The tipster had also asserted that Omar may have done it to help her brother commit immigration fraud. Further, the tipster had noted that Omar has been “culturally” married to, and living with, a second man since 2002 — the father of her three children.
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.”
Simple online searches of public civil records and social media immediately proved parts of the story to be true.
The local Fox News station reported about the claims of Omar’s marriage to her brother that helped him to commit fraud. According to the Star Tribune, the questions surfaced after a report on the conservative website Power Line, which gained recognition for its role in covering forged documents relating to President George W. Bush’s service in the Texas Air National Guard. Power Line reported that Omar was married to two men at the same time, including to her brother.
Her campaign flatly denied that Elmi is her brother. It would only say that she and Ahmed Hirsi, who is pictured in campaign literature and is the father of their three children, are together and raising a family. The Star Tribune could not find records in Minnesota showing that the two ever married.
Samsundar discovered additional compelling evidence and even managed to get in touch with the apparent husband/brother, who currently lives in London. He proceeded to talk himself into a pickle trying to answer Samsundar’s questions.
For doing their jobs admirably, Johnson and Samsundar were subsequently labeled “Islamophobes” and bigots. Omar’s own representatives lashed out with such comments.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune and “alternative weekly” City Pages — though they certainly “followed up” on the story — offered minimal effort beyond publishing official comments from Omar’s campaign. After first blaming anti-Muslim bigotry, Omar changed tactics by offering an eyebrow-raising statement that left specific evidence and accusations unaddressed.
It worked. Virtually all media outlets that covered the allegations seemed content with Omar’s official statement. She was soon sworn in — the first Muslim Somali to be elected to a U.S. state legislature. That achievement landed her the cover of Time.
Now Omar is pursuing an open federal seat, and a growing list of Democrats, including Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton (D), have endorsed this self-described “intersectional feminist.” The district party officially endorsed Omar at a hastily assembled convention; she took 68% of the delegates’ votes.
Perhaps most pivotally, Omar received a timely boost from the entertainment industry in the weeks and months before Ellison even announced he would not run again.
Omar is also the subject of “Time for Ilhan”, a documentary film by Norah Shapiro, about the rise of the hijab-wearing, photogenic, Somali refugee, turned American politician. Celebrities are embracing the rising-star politician. The website promoting the “Time for Ilhan” film has this to say about Omar:
On November 8, 2016, a young, hijab-wearing mother-of-three named Ilhan Omar made history, becoming the first Somali Muslim woman to be elected to state office in America. She was hailed by the New York Times as, “one of the bright lights in the post-election darkness,” and the documentary film “TIME FOR ILHAN” intimately chronicles her hard-fought campaign for State Representative in Minnesota’s Senate District 60B, home to the nation’s largest Somali community. A fresh take on the old story of the American Dream, TIME FOR ILHAN offers an inspiring, stereotype-busting portrait of a rising political star as she begins a bold and powerful political career.
PJ Media reports – In addition to the allegation that Omar appears to have married her brother, newly uncovered evidence, Omar is now facing another allegation: Ilhan Omar has since signed off on apparent falsehoods, under penalty of perjury, during her 2017 divorce from the man in question: Ahmed Nur Said Elmi.
Marriage records confirm that Ilhan Omar filed for, but never used, a marriage license in 2002 to Ahmed A. Hirsi. Then in 2009, Omar legally married a man named Ahmed Nur Said Elmi. The Powerlineblog.com post suggests Elmi is Omar’s brother. Alpha News has not independently confirmed this allegation.
On Wednesday morning, Alpha News received an anonymous tip of its own.
An individual who identified themselves as part of the Somali Community pointed Alpha News towards a Secretary of State Office filing for One to One Cafe’ Lounge.
Ahmed A. Hirsi filed with the State to open a cafe named One to One Cafe’ Lounge in May of 2009. The address listed by Ahmed A. Hirsi in the official document is 859 41st Ave NE in Columbia Heights.
You can see in the marriage license application obtained by Alpha News the “859 41st Ave NE” address is the same one Ilhan Omar and Ahmed Nur Said Elmi used on their marriage license just three months earlier.
Both Omar and Elmi declare that their place of residence after marriage would be the same address in Columbia Heights, MN.
These filings suggest that Hirsi, Elmi, and Omar were all living at the same Columbia Heights home from the time of Omar and Elmi’s marriage in February 2009.
Our anonymous source tells Alpha News that Ahmed Hirsi is Ilhan Omar’s cultural husband. The source said, “The two have been married Islamically and at no time were they separated.” – Alpha News MN
New Evidence, New Allegations
Minnesota law deems court records of divorce proceedings to be available to the public. In 2017, several months after Omar’s marriage history briefly created a national news item, Omar quietly petitioned family court for a default divorce, claiming she could not locate Elmi.
The above document depicts Omar, under penalty of perjury, attesting to the court that she has not had contact with her legal husband since June 2011.
To those familiar with the 2016 coverage of this story, this claim should strike as a jaw-dropper.
To reference just one example, the three immediately following photos were pivotal elements of the 2016 coverage. These pictures first appeared on Ilhan Omar’s personal Instagram account in 2014 (her username at the time was “hameey”), and depict Ilhan visiting Ahmed Nur Said Elmi in London that year.
When confronted with the above pictures in 2016, UK resident Ahmed N. Elmi admitted to a reporter that he was indeed the scarved man in the three pictures. However, he also claimed to not know the name of the woman in the colorful head covering adjacent to him, and that she certainly was not his legal wife.
He then gave the reporter a different birthdate for himself than the April 4, 1985, birthdate given for Ahmed Nur Said Elmi in Omar’s divorce petition.
In short, he claimed to simply be a different Ahmed N. Elmi, who coincidentally happened to get photographed with Ilhan Omar at a London event.
As with Ilhan’s self-published photos, this newly discovered post from Elmi’s confirmed Instagram account contradicts his claim:
On October 20, 2013, Elmi posted the above photos of himself in the hospital following minor surgery.
His hospital intake bracelet clearly identifies his date of birth to be April 4, 1985.
While other men named Ahmed Elmi have lived in the U.S. and London, there simply are no records to be found of another one sharing the exact birthdate as the Ahmed Nur Said Elmi whom Ilhan Omar divorced. Of course, this Ahmed Elmi has also been photographed with Ilhan Omar, and regularly communicated with her on social media.
Piling on, note that a second known Instagram account belonging to Ilhan Omar, “ilhanmn,” commented on the above post in 2013.
Her comment indicates that she knew how to reach Elmi by phone years after June 2011, another strike against her sworn claims.
More New Evidence Suggests a Troubling Motive
Why might Omar risk her political career and dangerous legal exposure by attesting to that easily challenged “June 2011” claim? Could it credibly be faulted to an honest, if severe, mistake?
Another document from Omar’s 2017 divorce proceedings suggests a more compelling, if speculative, motivation:
The above document contains extraordinary information.
First, Ilhan attests that there are no children born “of” her marriage to Ahmed Elmi, but that one of her children was born “during” that marriage. A yellow box notes that the document “has been updated since signed,” and an initialed note contains the update:
The Respondent [Ahmed Nur Said Elmi] has not signed a declaration of non-paternity as the Petitioner [Ilhan Omar] has had no contact with him since before the child was conceived.
In 2016, Ilhan told the press that her 2009 marriage to Ahmed Elmi was essentially a two-year hiatus from her relationship with Ahmed Hirsi, the legal father of all three of her children. She claimed to have separated from Hirsi, then met and married Elmi, a relationship which failed permanently sometime around June 2011, and then rekindled with Hirsi and had a third child.
Ilhan is filing for default divorce here. I cannot imagine that a judge would grant a divorce without Elmi even being served if the paternity of a minor child was in question.
On June 12, 2012, Elmi’s Instagram account reveals a picture of himself with a baby, who was, according to PJ Media, born the day before to his legal wife.
The caption on his Instagram account reads: “Nieces, fresh out of the vagina!”
Ilhan Omar attested in court that she has had zero contact with Ahmed Elmi since before Ilwad was conceived, let alone born.
The silver lining for Elmi here is that he still likely has little reason to fear a process server greeting him in London with a paternity test.
Because he clearly calls his wife’s child…”a niece”?