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Ron DeSantis Calls for Ilhan Omar’s Deportation Over “Somali First” Speech

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has ignited controversy by calling for the deportation of Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar after she delivered a speech in her native Somali language, declaring herself “Somali First” and pledging to safeguard Somalian interests while serving in the US Congress.

Omar’s Views On Sea Access Between Ethiopia And Somaliland

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The speech, delivered at a gathering of community leaders in Minneapolis, also featured Omar opposing a sea access deal between the Ethiopian government and the Republic of Somaliland, a breakaway province of Somalia.

Omar’s Assertion Of “Somali First” Identity

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Ilhan Omar’s speech in Somali included a passionate assertion of her identity, where she proclaimed herself to be “Somali First” and vowed to protect Somalia’s interests from within the US Congress.

Preventing Encroachment Of Somalia’s Water

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She expressed her commitment to prevent Ethiopia or other nations from encroaching on Somalia’s waters.

Unity Among Somalians

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Omar said in her speech, “The US is a country where one of your daughters is in Congress to represent your interest. For as long as I am in the US Congress, Somalia will never be in danger, its waters will not be stolen by Ethiopia or others … Sleep in comfort, knowing I am here to protect the interests of Somalia from inside the US system.”’

Somalians First, Muslim Second

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“We, as Somalians, love each other… people who know they are Somalians first and Muslim second who protect one another and come to each other’s aid and to the aid of other Muslims too,” Omar said in her remarks.

Desantis’ Strong Reaction

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Governor Ron DeSantis, a former Republican presidential candidate, was one of the most prominent figures within the Republican Party to condemn Ilhan Omar’s remarks.

Expel, Denaturalize And Deport

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He took to social media, where he responded to the video of Omar’s speech with a call to “Expel from Congress, denaturalize and deport!”

Omar’s Past Accusations

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Ilhan Omar, a member of the group of Democratic politicians known as “The Squad,” has previously faced criticism for accusing pro-Israel politicians of dual loyalty.

Antisemitic Statements

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In 2019, she made comments suggesting that there was undue influence from a lobbying group in favor of Israel.

These remarks were widely criticized for their antisemitic undertones, leading Omar to issue an apology.

Omhar’s Accusations Of Lobbying For Nra

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Omar said in a speech in 2019, “The political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country. I want to ask why is it OK for me to talk about the influence of the NRA (National Rifle Association), of fossil fuel industries or Big Pharma, and not talk about a powerful lobbying group that is influencing policies?”

Strong Opinions On Geopolitical Issues

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In addition to her comments on pro-Israel politicians, Omar expressed strong opinions about the geopolitical situation in Africa.

Criticized Somaliland’s Increasing Cooperation

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She criticized Somaliland’s increasing cooperation with neighboring Ethiopia and declared that the United States should “liberate the occupied territories” of Djibouti, Somaliland, and Kenya’s North Eastern Province.

These statements reflected her commitment to advocating for the interests of Somalia and Somali people.

Influence Of Somalians In The Us

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In her speech, Omar asserted that the US government should align its actions with the desires of Somalians residing in the United States.

Role Of The Somali Diaspora

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“The US government will only do what Somalians in the US tell them to do. They must do what we want and nothing else. They must follow our orders and that is how we will safeguard the interest of Somalia,” Omar concluded in her speech, highlighting the role of the Somali diaspora in influencing US policies.

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