Rep. Omar says GOP is worried that Afghan refugees ‘will outshine them’

Reprinted from Sara Carter's news page.


By Jenny Goldsberry

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-IL) advocated for more Afghan refugees, claiming the Republican party won’t because they’re worried the refugees “will outshine them.” The Somali refugee turned lawmaker appeared on MSNBC Tuesday.

“I know what some of these people are worried about,” Omar said of the GOP. “It’s that they’re worried that refugees like myself, when they come to this country, will outshine them. But that is just their own failure and their inability to find success in the ways in which refugees have found success in this country.”

However, Omar said she will continue to advocate for more Afghan refugees. “We are going to keep our commitment. We’re going to keep our promise, and we’re going to keep pushing the administration and other countries to do their part,” Omar told host Joy Ann Reid. “The Afghani people deserve not just our empathy, but they need our partnership and our allyship to make sure that their lives are safe and prosperous.”

Meanwhile, women and children have fallen in the hands of the Taliban. In a statement she said she respects the women who choose to stay. But, Omar said “we have an obligation to them too.”

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