Ilhan Omar was born in Somalia, came to America as a refugee and is now headed to Washington D.C. as a Congresswoman.
What better way to celebrate her incredible road than with a great photo?
Rep. Omar, (D) who came to the United States over twenty years ago as a refugee, won her congressional seat in her home state of Minnesota, as a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.
On Thursday, before being sworn into Congress, she shared a photo commemorating her arrival in the United States. In the photo Ilhan is seen walking with her father through the same airport in Washington D.C. where they arrived from Kenya after leaving a refugee camp over two decades ago.
She captioned the photo:
"23 years ago, from a refugee camp in Kenya, my father and I arrived at an airport in Washington DC. Today, we return to that same airport on the eve of my swearing in as the first Somali-American in Congress."
23 years ago, from a refugee camp in Kenya, my father and I arrived at an airport in Washington DC. Today, we ret… https://t.co/h9wkBb0MJv— Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan Omar)1546469425.0
The picture spoke to many as the true embodiment of America.
This is everything good about us as a country. There are other things too but this one is especially good. https://t.co/50dMUYPgQZ— pjhaveri (@pjhaveri)1546473538.0
Refugees make America a better place. Cc: @realDonaldTrump @GOP https://t.co/goNDapjNNG— Brian Chovanec (@Brian Chovanec)1546477271.0
I don't know what this woman's politics are (although I bet they're different from mine) -- but I know this is clas… https://t.co/vkjH1Osfla— Jay Nordlinger (@Jay Nordlinger)1546471295.0
Reports of the demise of the U.S. are, I think, premature, when I see images like this one. https://t.co/xlMvp2EvKc— Michael Deibert (@Michael Deibert)1546469603.0
This is the nation I want to be a part of, the nation that says anyone can be a part of it, the nation that puts ou… https://t.co/oAY4xFGQ1Z— robert (@robert)1546472839.0
Congratulations to @sharicedavids, @AyannaPressley, @IlhanMN, and @AOC on making history in November, tomorrow, and… https://t.co/Xn2Eogfzt8— Broderick Greer (@Broderick Greer)1546478899.0
@IlhanMN 25 years ago I worked with Somali refugees in Kenya, and I saw how much they all suffered and struggled an… https://t.co/Us7ol2JUYH— James Martin, SJ (@James Martin, SJ)1546490070.0
Some were moved to tears.
I'm crying and if you're reading this, you should be too. https://t.co/24nYmtKrgR— Miranda McDonald (@Miranda McDonald)1546470162.0
I’m just over hear getting choked up about all the beautiful personal moments these amazing women are sharing surro… https://t.co/UV65OyA8WQ— Monica de los Reyes (@Monica de los Reyes)1546470000.0
.@IlhanMN is one of the key figures who’s fueled me. Yrs ago, I was gripped by her fascinating race for Minnesota H… https://t.co/Ag2e7LJmug— Pam Campos-Palma🇺🇸🇭🇳🇬🇹 (@Pam Campos-Palma🇺🇸🇭🇳🇬🇹)1546529282.0
@IlhanMN My Goodness, this brought happy tears to my eyes. #veryproud https://t.co/3Oz8AuPXYC— Ebyan D. Abdulle (@Ebyan D. Abdulle)1546476418.0
Can’t hold back the tears. I just got out of my Uber and I already see people rocking their #Palestinian Kuffiyahs… https://t.co/beP3Et7wqB— Rasha (@Rasha)1546521667.0
@IlhanMN Amazing. Gives me chills. Go make a difference! So many of us are cheering for you!— Rachel Beck (@Rachel Beck)1546484551.0
Driving to DC for your swearing in @IlhanMN! See this tweet and reading to my husband made me choke up and both our… https://t.co/07Di4VStx8— Dr.Debbie Almontaser (@Dr.Debbie Almontaser)1546470265.0
And so another road on her journey begins.