It’s no secret the Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota is not your average American. But new reports indicate that she might not really be American at all. Or at least may not be for long. In fact, if the evidence turning up in current investigations against her proves accurate, she could find herself being stripped of her citizenship and deported.
The possibility comes after news that the Department of Justice has just assigned an FBI agent to work with Immigration and Customs and Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Education Inspector General Charge in a case against the Minnesota congresswoman. The investigation will look into possible criminal violations, including marriage fraud, immigration fraud, perjury, state and federal tax fraud, federal student loan fraud, and bigamy.
Quite the list for a sitting member of US Congress, huh? Especially one who has made her success off of the constant accusations of everyone else being wrong, racist, and misogynistic.
As you well know, Omar was born in Somalia, a war-torn nation in eastern Africa. As the Associated Press reported in 2009, Omar’s family fled Somalia in 1991, finding themselves in a refugee camp in the neighboring country of Kenya. Over the next few years, the family continued to travel, making their way into America in 1995.
Then and current immigration laws allow for refugees such as Omar and her family to apply for permanent residency one year after they arrive. This is most widely known as a “green card.” After holding the green card for at least five years, these refugees are then permitted to apply for US citizenship, most commonly through a process called naturalization.
The naturalization process requires that individuals meet the residency requirements and prove that they have good moral character. Once these things have been established, citizenship is granted.
However, in Omar’s case, things didn’t seem to happen in the right way.
It was reported that she became a citizen in 2000, at the age of 17. While this is five years after she had arrived, it was only four years after she had received her green card, ergo, not long enough. Another thing to point out is that the naturalization process I mentioned above is only applicable to those over 18.
But Omar was only 17. So how is that possible?
Well, in most cases, children can be given citizenship through “automatic acquisition.” Basically, it means that when at least one of a child’s parents are given naturalization and citizenship, the child is given the same. But only when those parents meet specific marital status requirements.
So while Omar could have received her citizenship through automatic acquisition, the timeline still doesn’t add up. That and the marital status of her parents is pretty much unknown.
But then there is the matter of her name. It has been alleged by several, including David Steinberg, who has questioned Omar’s legality for years, that her name comes from an unrelated family member who gained refugee status in America around the same time.
And it is known from a 2009 assessment of the immigration process, that nearly 87 percent of all applications claim fraudulent familial relationships.
Could this be what happened with Omar?
If that is the case, she could no doubt be charged with immigration fraud, a crime for which she would be denaturalized, and removal proceedings could be started.
But, as you likely know, this is not the only immigration fraud case against Omar. There is, of course, the matter of her marrying her brother so that he could gain citizenship. And if that is found to be accurate, then most of the other charges mentioned at the start of this article will likely fall against her as well.
After all, living with one man, who happens to be the father of your children and yet claiming to live and be married to another man for the sake of legality and taxes is a form of fraud. And in her case, marriage, immigration, and tax all in one.
And none of them have particularly light consequences. At the top of the list is the loss of citizenship. Omar will have found to be not worthy of being called an American, meaning deportation is possible. Fraud, no matter what type, is typically seen as a crime of moral “turpitude” or immorality, which usually results in removal for non-US citizens. Furthermore, tax evasion of any amount over $10,000 is a felony punishable by deportation.
To say things aren’t looking good for the unscrupulous lawmaker is putting it very lightly indeed.