Did Ilhan Omar REALLY marry her brother? DNA 'proof' lifts the lid on alleged immigration scam

A GOP-supporting group that released a DNA test, indicating that Ilhan Omar linked to Ahmed Elmi, dubs the alleged scam a 'crime of convenience'

                            Did Ilhan Omar REALLY marry her brother? DNA 'proof' lifts the lid on alleged immigration scam
Rep Ilhan Omar speaks during a press conference outside the DFL Headquarters on August 5, 2020, in St Paul, Minnesota (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

A group linked to the Republican Party has released a report, seemingly indicating that Rep Ilhan Omar married her own brother to get around the US immigration laws. The report does not identify either Omar or her former husband Ahmed Elmi, but simply as 'Sibling 1' and Sibling 2'. The report indicates there is 99.999998% that the two individuals are siblings, and it is believed that they are Omar and Elmi. 

The rumor that Omar and Elmi were siblings gained traction in 2020 after a Somali man made the claim. In March 2020, the man claimed he "feared for his life" after Omar's friends made threats. Those claims surfaced after Omar divorced her first husband Ahmed Hirsi for the second time in 2019. That messy second divorce came after Hirsi reportedly found Omar cheating on him with her chief strategist


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The outspoken far-left Congresswoman's personal life has been as controversial as her politics, and neither seems to be dying down any time soon. Omar is still a frequent target for the GOP and conservatives since she is a member of the "Squad". Now it appears as if her personal life too is being attacked. The report believed to be linking Omar and Elmi was published by GOP strategist Anton Lazzaro, who was recently arrested on federal sex trafficking charges.

Rep. Ilhan Omar speaks to a crowd gathered for a march to defund the Minneapolis Police Department on June 6, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

Did Omar marry her own brother?

As we have said before, the report does not name the two individuals listed. The test was conducted by Endeavor DNA, based in El Paso, Texas. It was uploaded by Lazzaro's group Big Tent Republicans PAC, on Wednesday, August 11. It says sibling 1's DNA sample was collected from a cigarette butt, and sibling 2's from a drinking straw. The Daily Mail reported that sibling 1 was identified as Omar, and 2 as Elmi. 

The report should be taken with a pinch of salt for a few reasons. For one, Omar is not a known to be a smoker, while her third husband Tim Mynett is. For another thing, the report was released by a group with known times to the GOP. As we have previously reported, Lazzaro has funneled more than $22,000 to political committees in California, Minnesota, Michigan, and New Mexico through Big Tent. He is a strong GOP supporter and has even met with Donald Trump and Mike Pence. Thirdly, The Mail has claimed the test links Omar and Elmi but does not provide any proof to back up the claim. 

The DNA test uploaded by Anton Lazzaro supposedly linking Ilhan Omar to Ahmed Elmi. (Big Tent Republicans PAC)

According to The Daily Mail, which broke the story, Lazzaro uploaded the test and an undated photo of Omar smoking on a website. We could not find this website, it doesn't appear to be linked on Lazzaro's Twitter or Instagram account. There is also no link available on the Big Tent PAC's website. It is unclear if it has since been taken down. "DailyMail.com understands that a shadowy Republican group was planning to release details of a DNA report in the next day or two," the publication wrote. Ever since the claims first emerged, Omar has been frequently targeted over the immigration "scam". Many believe she married her own brother so he could come to the US and study, bypassing the need to apply for a separate visa. The Lazzaro website reportedly says, "this is purely a crime of convenience, by an individual with extremely poor ethics now representing hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans in Congress." 

It is important to note that Lazzaro was arrested, just over 12 hours after the report was published. He was arrested for trafficking five minors and has been slapped with five counts of sex trafficking of a minor, one count of attempting to do so, and three counts of obstruction of justice. It is not clear if Big Tent will release any further information on this matter, or provide conclusive proof. Omar is one of the several Dems in Congress the GOP are trying to unseat in 2022, in a bid to take back the House and Senate. So far, the biggest name to take on Omar is Danielle Stella, who had her Twitter account banned in 2019 for "violent rhetoric".