New investigative documents released by a state agency have given fresh life to lingering questions about the marital history of Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar and whether she once married a man — possibly her own brother — to skirt immigration laws, says a Star Tribune report.
The questions surfaced again this month in a state probe of campaign finance violations, according to the Minnesota newspaper, which added that its extensive search of records in the wake of the campaign finance board’s finding could neither conclusively confirm nor rebut the allegation that the man is Omar’s sibling. The freshman congresswoman has denied the allegations in the past, and her spokesman said in a statement that such questions about her personal life are illegitimate.
Ilhan Abdullahi Omar (born October 4, 1982) is a Somali-American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 5th congressional district since 2019. The district includes all of Minneapolis and some of its suburbs.
Omar was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2016 on the Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party line. In 2018 she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, marking a number of historic electoral firsts: she is the first Somali-American, the first naturalized citizen from Africa, and the first non-white woman elected from Minnesota, and one of the first two Muslim women (along with Rashida Tlaib of Michigan) to serve in Congress.
Omar is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and has advocated for a living wage, affordable housing and healthcare, student loan debt forgiveness, the protection of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and abolishing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). She has strongly opposed the immigration policies of the Trump administration, including the Trump travel ban. She has been the subject of several conspiracy theories, death threats, and other harassment by political opponents.
A frequent critic of Israel, Omar has denounced its settlement policy and military campaigns in the occupied Palestinian territories, and what she describes as the influence of pro-Israel lobbies such as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). In early 2019 Omar was criticized by a number of Democrats, Republicans and Jewish civil rights groups for comments about American support for Israel that they said drew on anti-Semitic tropes. Omar apologized for some of the remarks.