MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Congresswoman-elect Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-American elected to the U.S. Congress, says she wants to make the United States more welcoming to immigrants and refugees.

The 36-year-old Democrat, who herself was a refugee before coming to the United States, appeared Wednesday on CBS This Morning, just hours after winning Minnesota’s 5th District seat in a landslide, with 78 percent of the vote.

On the program, she expressed hope that she and the new Congress, with a Democratic House, can serve as a check on the administration of President Donald Trump.

Omar is one of two Muslim women elected Tuesday to the U.S. House. The other was Rashida Tlaib, of Michigan. They will join a record number of women in Congress.

When asked about her political journey in Minnesota, Omar said, “It’s a cold place but the people have warm hearts.”

Comments (5)
  1. Cory Sullivan says:

    um….how much more welcoming can a country be? You get free everything …IF you come here legally and MOST LIKELY if you come illegally.

  2. Yes, everyone in every 3rd world country should come here so we too can become a 3rd world country!

  3. Corky Eff says:

    More welcoming? You mean more handouts, more adopting their failed culture, hosing the working American taxpayer

  4. Mike Madison says:

    except for gays, jews, christians, capitalists, etc.