MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - U.S. Attorney Andy Luger says he did not ask U.S. Immigration & Customs (ICE) to investigate the immigration status of legislative candidate Ilhan Omar, calling a Fox 9 story “erroneous.”
In a letter to Omar’s attorney, Jean Brandl, Luger writes, “As you are aware, an erroneous news report aired yesterday on Fox 9 indicating that my office has requested an investigation into the immigration status of Ms. Omar.”
In fact, the Fox 9 report did not address Omar’s immigration status, but said ICE was investigating Omar’s two separate marriages — one a religious ceremony in 2002 to her current husband and the father of her three children, and one civil in 2009 to a citizen of the United Kingdom.
Omar’s campaign calls the claims a “witch hunt” by the conservative blog where the story originated.
ICE spokesperson Shawn Neudauer said ICE will neither confirm nor deny an investigation into the marriages.