The 116th Congress, sworn in Thursday, is probably the most various in U.S. historical past. Amongst them was Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, the primary Somali-American elected to Congress and one among two Muslim girls sworn in.

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“There actually hasn’t been a second since this journey started the place I do not actually pinch myself, and assume, ‘How did I get right here? Is that this actually occurring?'” Omar advised “CBS This Morning” on her first day in Congress. “I really feel extraordinarily honored and grateful to the individuals of the fifth for having religion in my skill to signify them.”

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Rep. Ilhan Omar (2nd-R), D-MN, along with her hand on the Quran, participates in a ceremonial swearing-in with Speaker of the Home Nancy Pelosi (2nd-L), D-CA.

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“Presently in our nation, actually there’s, excessive destructive rhetoric towards Muslims, immigrants, primarily refugees,” Omar added. “It’s kind of a deliverance of an excessive counter narrative to– to that. And it says, you realize, this nation continues to be a spot of hope.”

When Omar was eight years outdated, she and her household fled the civil battle in Somalia. After residing in a refugee camp in Kenya for 4 years, they got here to the U.S. and finally resided in Minneapolis in 1997.

As we adopted her round Capitol Hill on her first day, many well-wishers greeted her and shared their congratulations and assist.  

“As somebody who has seen actually what it means to hunt asylum at a border and to be obtained with such generosity, I wish to ensure that right here in america, we perceive that there are different nations who soak up so many individuals of the world’s most pained individuals, and in america, we may do higher,” she added.

Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar hopes to convey “distinctive perception” into lives of refugees

On Wednesday she tweeted a picture with her father, saying they have been returning to the identical airport the place they arrived from a Kenya refugee camp 23 years in the past.

“The individuals who signify us ought to be a mirrored image and a illustration of the entire communities that they signify,” she stated.

For the primary time, there are greater than 100 girls within the Home of Representatives, together with the primary two Native American girls, Deb Haaland of New Mexico and Sharice Davids of Kansas; Rashida Tlaib of Michigan who’s Muslim; and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Abby Finkenauer of Iowa, the 2 youngest girls to serve within the Home at 29 years outdated. 

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