Last August, Ilham Omar burst onto the political scene as the face of a new class of Americans. She was an example of a successful refugee and she was ready to represent her new home country. Omar had immigrated to the United States from Somalia and was destined to make history. When she ran for state office last summer in Minnesota, she ousted a long time incumbent. As the nation’s first female Muslim state legislator, the Democrats celebrated Omar as a sign of the future.
This celebration ended as quickly as it started with one vote in her new role in the office. Omar was not voting to protect Americans; she stood up as one of only two votes to support jihadis. This unbelievable move sent shock waves through the Minnesota State House. Not only was this vote a poor choice on the part of Omar, but it is also a troubling sign of a dangerous loyalty.
In the state of Minnesota, the bill up for a vote was tied to insurance company rights after a terror attack. If passed, the bill allowed an insurance company to deny a life insurance claim for surviving beneficiaries of those who died while performing a terrorist act. This law essentially put an end to the families of terrorists making a profit from their loved one breaking the law.
The bill is in response to a current lawsuit in the state of California. In December of 2015, Syed Farook entered a holiday office party where he killed 14 people and injured 22. Both Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik died after the attack in an exchange of gunfire with police.
Before the attack at the office party, Farook made sure his $275,000 life insurance policy was up to date. Even though he died as a part of this horrible crime, his mother still attempted to collect the settlement. The insurance company declined to honor the claim and is now fighting it in court.
Republican Joe Hoppe introduced a bill that legalized a similar action for insurance companies in Minnesota. The bill passed by a vote of 127-2. There was no logical reason to vote against the bill, except to send a clear message to the community about loyalty. Omar’s vote was not to protect American’s interest, but instead to allow the families of terrorists to profit from their acts of violence.
The support for the bill was overwhelming and came from both sides of the house. According to Democrat Debra Hilstrom, “…the goal of the Minnesota bill is to make certain that folks don’t benefit [from terrorism] and this limits the beneficiary to the premiums that were paid in. It limits the exposure for the insurance company when someone is committing an act of terrorism.”
A key supporter of the bill, Debra Anderson of the ACT for America chapter in Minnesota, stated:
“Rep. Ilhan Omar’s vote today clearly demonstrated her allegiance to the best interests of the jihadists’ families, like in Palestine, rather than acting on the behalf of the victims of terrorists. Disturbing to say the least.
This incident also clearly demonstrated the legitimate concerns of freedom-loving Americans regarding increased political access by Muslims who exhibit an obvious allegiance to Muslims and Shariah law rather than all Americans and the U.S. Constitution. I am very grateful for the astute, courageous legislators who are looking out for the best interests of all Minnesotans.”
Even though Omar was elected to represent the state of Minnesota, with a vote of 127-2 it is evident she does not represent the overall values of the state. She is technically a representative of an area dense in immigrants and does not seem tied to following the best interests of anyone beyond that group.
As she established loyalty to other refugees, her direct link to Somalia is also unsettling. The FBI has confirmed at least 42 refugees from Somalia have left the country to join overseas terrorist groups that include al-Shabab, an al-Qaida branch in Somalia and ISIS factions in both Syria and Iraq.
Refugees from Somalia have also played key roles in supporting terrorism via funding sources in the United States. Dozens of Somali-Americans have faced federal charges for their role in supporting ISIS and al-Qaida.
An interesting and sometimes overlooked fact is that Minnesota has the highest number of Somali refugees in the country. It is estimated that the community has hit the 70,000 mark in Minneapolis alone.
As the FBI tracks both members and money being sent to support overseas terrorist activities, we are also faced with the growing number of attacks here in the United States. Somali refugee Dahir Adan reminded residents of Minnesota about the very real threat in their backyards. Adan attacked 9 Americans at a local mall in September of 2016 before being shot by an off-duty police officer.
Adan was killed during the commission of his crime. The people of Minnesota do not support Adan’s family cashing in on his terrorist activities with any insurance he may have had. Omar sadly voted to allow a terrorist act to pay off.