First reported by Newsweek, Omar’s speech addressed the deal struck by Somalia’s breakaway region of Somaliland with landlocked Ethiopia to give it access to the sea.
According to the translation of her remarks first shared on X by Ambassador Rhoda J. Elmi, Somaliland’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Omar purportedly said that she was “Somalian first, Muslim second” and “here to protect the interests of Somalia from inside the U.S. system.”
Omar defended her remarks from attacks, saying the translation on the viral clip was “not only slanted, but completely off,” but she “wouldn’t expect more from these propagandists.” Newsweek reports that according to another translation, Omar said that Somalis “are sisters and brothers, supporting each other, people who know they are Somalis and Muslims, coming to each other’s aid.”
Per that translation, she also said: “While I am in Congress, no one will take Somalia’s sea. The United States will not back others to rob us. So, do not lose sleep over that.”
In part, due to her history of anti-American rhetoric, critics were outraged by her remarks regarding putting Somalia’s interests above the United States, the country she is an elected representative for.
“Expel from Congress, denaturalize and deport!” DeSantis said in response to her speech.
Expel from Congress, denaturalize and deport! https://t.co/UyjEmSSIoQ
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantis) January 30, 2024
“Ilhan Omar’s appalling, Somalia-first comments are a slap in the face to the Minnesotans she was elected to serve and a direct violation of her oath of office. She should resign in disgrace,” House Majority Whip Tom Emmer said on Twitter.
Canadian-U.S. border illegal crossings up 240% over previous year
The vulnerability of the northern border of the United States is being weaponized in the war on illegal migration. 2023 saw a 240% increase of individuals apprehended from just one year prior. Not only is the border with Canada significantly longer than its border with Mexico, but its ports of entry are often understaffed while the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is forced to prioritize the southern surge.
According to recent data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in 2023 authorities halted over 12,000 migrants attempting illegal crossings at the Canadian border. The number is a 240% increase from the preceding year when 3,579 individuals were apprehended.
ADN America reports that approximately 70% of the illegal crossings took place along a 295-mile stretch along the northern New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire border called the Swanton Sector.
Chief patrol agent for the sector, Robert Garcia, posted on social media that the 3,100 individuals apprehended were from 55 different countries.
Garcia wrote “the record-breaking surge of illegal entries from Canada continues in Swanton Sector” and he specifically mentioned that the arrest of 10 Bangladeshi citizens was prompted by a citizen’s report in Champlain, New York.
Surprisingly, ADN reports:
A significant number of those engaging in illegal crossings are Mexicans who exploit the opportunity to fly to Canada without a visa, also avoiding the presence of cartels in their home countries.
Experts suggest that migrants can purchase a $350 one-way plane ticket from Mexico City or Cancun to Montreal or Toronto. This route is perceived as offering a lower likelihood of being turned away compared to those crossing the southern border.
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