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>> All right all done. The choices we're making right now do not sit well with the values that I think most Americans share.>> From the horrors of war in Somalia to the corridors of power in Washington, Ilhan Omar is poised to make history as one of the first Muslim woman and the first Somali American elected to Congress.
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>> For me it's really deeply rooted in trying to find this America that was so idealized for me.>> I'm Andy Sulivan in Minneapolis which is all but certain to send Omar to Congress next month. She's expected to be one of the most high profile new comers to Capitol Hill.
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Born in Somalia, she spent much of her childhood in a refugee camp in Kenya. She's also an outspoken progressive who will be pushing her fellow Democrats to think big.>> I understand and love this democracy in a way that only someone who had experienced the absence of it could.
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>> Are you ready?>> Arriving in the United States as a refugee at age 12, she was shocked to find many Americans struggling.>> I did not expect to go to school with kids who were worried about food, as much as I was worried about it in that refugee camp.
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I didn't expect to see in America that would have homeless people. I didn't expect to see in America where people we're worried about healthcare.>> She says that's what pushed her into politics after college.>> And so I felt that I had a part in shaping America.>> She won election to the Minnesota state assembly in 2016, the first Somalia American legislator in the country.
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>> USA.>> That same night, Donald Trump won the presidency promising an immigration crackdown.>> It's time>> Trump has since banned all immigrants from Somalia and several other countries. Omar wants to make the United States more welcoming to immigrants and refugees.>> To recognize some of the devastations some of these people are living in and give them the opportunity to start a new like I did.
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>> She's running to replace representative, Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to congress in 2006. He's stepping down to run for state attorney general.>> And she comes in on a time when the president is openly hostile to immigrants, Muslims, women, a whole lot of different kind of people who are represented by her, but she's totally up to it.
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>> Omar says your background hasn't been a stumbling block for voters once they get to know her.>> What mattered was that I spoke their language, and understood their struggles much more than anyone else who was trying to represent them really did.