The Daily Mail has confirmed that Ilhan Omar married her brother so that he could get student loans and attend college in the United States.
Out of curiosity, I wonder what the status of those student loans is.
Abdihakim Osman is the first person to go on record to speak of how Omar wanted to get papers for her brother.
He says they figured that she wanted immigration papers, and they did not know about the marriage. That would explain why they were married in a Christian wedding and not a Muslim one.
An imam might have known they were brother and sister and refused to marry them.
The marriage was conducted by Christian minister Wilecia Harris.
When DailyMail.com approached her last year, she would not discuss the ceremony or why a Muslim couple would have asked her to marry them.
It had long been rumored that Omar had married her brother, but since there are no records in war-torn Somalia, there was no positive proof.
Osman described Omar’s brother as effeminate, wore pink, and was often seen wearing skirts.
The first report that Omar and her husband were siblings appeared on the website Somalispot in 2016.
It said of Elmi, 34: ‘As soon as Ilhan Omar married him he started university at her alma 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.’
The New York Post reported last month that the FBI was investigating the marriage and had met with a source in Minneapolis who handed over ‘a trove of documents’ related to the marriage.
Any findings were to be shared with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the US Department of Education, the paper reported.
Anyone found guilty of committing marriage fraud faces up to five years in jail and a fine of up to $250,000.
Elmi and Omar married on February 12, 2009, at a Hennepin County office in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, southwest of Minneapolis, their marriage license shows.
Omar said she and Hirsi had separated in 2008, and because their faith-based union was never recognized by law, neither is their separation.
Elmi and Omar said they lived together at an address in Columbia Heights, a suburb on the north side of the city.
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