Former Somali Refugee At Dadaab Ilhan Omar Elected To US Congress

Elias Hubbard
November 8, 2018

Minnesota's Ilhan Omar joined "The View" on Wednesday to talk about her journey making history as the first Somali-American to win a seat in U.S. Congress.

The House is getting its first two Muslim women and MA is getting its first black congresswoman while Arizona and Tennessee stand to elect their first woman senators in Tuesday's midterm elections. Along with being one of the first Muslim women in Congress, Omar is the first Somali-American elected to the post.

"I stand here before you tonight as your congresswoman-elect with many firsts behind my name", she said amid cheers. Born in Mogadishu and came to the U.S. in 1995 at 14-years-old.

Tlaib supports the anti-Semitic BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) movement against the state of Israel, which seeks to delegitimize and eventually extinguish the Jewish state. Her real victory came when she won the Democratic primary.

Congresswoman Karen Bass, projected to win a fifth term in Tuesday's United States midterm elections, has visited Kenya twice in recent years.

The Democrat lived at the Daad refugee camp in Kenya for four years and could not even speak English at the time she relocated to the US.

Joining Ms Tlaib in Congress will be Ilhan. He was running Tuesday to be Minnesota attorney general. After fleeing the country's civil war, she spent four years in a refugee camp before coming to the US when she was 14.

Tlaib is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants and became the first Muslim female member of Michigan's state legislature a decade ago.

Also elected for the first time in MA was a black Congresswoman.

At an August campaign event, Omar affirmed her belief in Israel's right to exist, saying it was "important for us to recognize Israel's place in the Middle East and the Jewish people's rightful place within that region".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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