She came here and we fed her, we clothed her, she got welfare, she got [schooling], she got healthcare, and then, lo and behold, she has the honor of actually winning a seat in Congress, and she says we’re a terrible country? I think that’s about as ungrateful as you can get.
And so — I’m willing to contribute to buy her a ticket to go visit Somalia, and I think she can look and maybe learn a little bit about the disaster that is Somalia — that has no capitalism, has no God-given rights guaranteed in a constitution, and has about seven different tribes that have been fighting each other for the last 40 years.
And then maybe after she’s visited Somalia for a while. … She might come back and appreciate America more.Rand Paul, “Rand Paul Offers To Help Buy ‘Ungrateful’ Ilhan Omar A Ticket Back To Somalia“, Huffington Post, July 29, 2019
During the deposition, Omar suggested she is disconnected from details — unaware, for instance, that she violated tax law by filing a married-jointly return with the wrong husband.
Asked if she amended her tax filings, she replied, “I don’t think so.”
The board’s staff asked again. Omar replied, “I don’t recall doing any.”J. Patrick Coolican and Stephen Montemayor, “New documents revisit questions about Rep. Ilhan Omar’s marriage history“, Minneapolis Star Tribune, July 26, 2019
ilhan: Ahmed! We talked about this! I reminded you! The immigration guy is coming over to check up on us! They do this to make sure we aren’t working the system. They’re going to see if we really are married.
ahmed elmi: But I have a date tonight!
ilhan: Cancel it!
ahmed elmi: Sis! No! This will be my first real date with an American guy! I met him in line at the Chipotle and we got to talking and —Rob Long, “That’s My Husbro: Ilhan Omar’s Family Drama“, National Review, July 25, 2019
One of the questions seized on by conservative media: whether Elmi is actually Omar’s brother, and whether they married to skirt immigration laws.
Is there any evidence to support that? Omar denies it wholly. She has called the allegations “disgusting lies” and “baseless rumors.”
Without more evidence, the allegation remains unproven. Omar has declined to get into the details of her two marriages, but for now, the claim that she married her brother is just a rumor — as Snopes laid out in thorough detail here.“Trump Floats Rumor That Ilhan Omar Married Her Brother. Is It True?“, Mediaite, July 17, 2019
We received multiple inquiries from readers about the accuracy of Tapper’s claim that Omar became a naturalized U.S. citizen before Melania Trump did.
No substantive public dispute exists over widely repeated claims that Omar became a U.S. citizen in 2000, and Melania Trump in 2006, a sequence of events that would vindicate Tapper’s claim. However, official documentation is not publicly available that would confirm that timeline, and representatives for each woman did not provide such evidence when requested. Until such evidence becomes available, we are issuing a rating of “Unproven.”
Trump was born Melanija Kravs, in Slovenia, in April 1970. She worked as a model in Europe before moving to the United States in the mid-1990s. She became a permanent resident in March 2001, according to the Associated Press, then married the future president in Florida in January 2005.Dan MacGuill, “Has U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar Been a U.S. Citizen for Longer Than First Lady Melania Trump?“, Snopes, July 16, 2019
H.R. 1044, the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019, passed the House 365-65 last Wednesday.
The legislation would eliminate the annual 7 percent cap on green cards for citizens of one country and raise the per-country cap for family-sponsored green cards from 7 percent to 15 percent.
“In order for American industries to remain competitive and create more jobs, they must be able to recruit and retain the best talent in the world,” Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), who co-sponsored the bill, said in a statement last week. The bill would particularly benefit Indian and Chinese nationals living in the U.S., who face the longest green card waits.Zack Budryk, “Ann Coulter offers rare praise for Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib“, The Hill, July 16, 2019
Omar, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was born in Somalia, a country she and her family fled from because of a civil war and ethnic strife. They stayed in a refugee camp in Kenya before settling in the U.S. when she was 10 years old, and she became a citizen at 17.
To push back on the president’s comments, Durbin highlighted Omar’s story — which he suggested serves as concrete validation of America’s ethos.
“The fact that they went through refugee camps, came the United States, clawed their way into an existence and eventually were elected. Thank goodness,” he said. “That is part of what America holds as a dream for people around the world and the president should not diminish it.”Camilo Montoya-Galvez, “Durbin rips Trump’s ‘careless rhetoric’ about Democratic congresswomen of color“, CBS, July 14, 2019
Fox News’ Todd Starnes told Rep. Ilhan Omar and other immigrants who find America “just doesn’t meet their standards of living” to take a “one-way plane ticket back to whatever third world hellhole you came from.”
“And don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya,” Starnes added…Morgan Phillips, “Fox Nation’s Todd Starnes Tells Rep. Ilhan Omar to Take A ‘One-Way Plane Ticket Back to Whatever Third World Hellhole You Came From’“, Mediaite, July 12, 2019
Carlson on Tuesday night said Omar, who came to the U.S. as a refugee, is “living proof” that U.S. immigration laws are “dangerous.”
“Omar isn’t disappointed in America. She’s enraged by it,” he said. “That should worry you, and not just because Omar is a sitting member of Congress. Ilhan Omar is living proof that the way we practice immigration has become dangerous to this country.”
Omar responded by saying that Carlson’s remarks did not erase her patriotism.Rachel Frazin, “Ilhan Omar calls Tucker Carlson a ‘racist fool’ in response to on-air attack“, The Hill, July 10, 2019