Ilhan Omar’s Daughter Arrested

( – US lawmakers tend to be held to high standards, after all, they are responsible for crafting legislation and representing their constituents. Sometimes, however, their family members fall on the wrong side of the law. It happened to GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert (CO) when her 18-year-old son, Tyler, was arrested. Now, it’s happened to another controversial lawmaker’s child.

On Thursday, April 18, Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MO) daughter, Isra Hirsi, was arrested on trespassing charges for her participation in a pro-Palestinian protest at Columbia University. She was reportedly among more than 100 taken into custody after the university’s president called in the police. Things didn’t end there for her, either. Hirsi was also suspended from her college, Barnard, which is affiliated with Columbia.

While the popular New York university said it called in the NYPD because of a concern of “clear and present danger,” Commissioner Edward Caban says those arrested said “what they wanted to say in a peaceful manner,” and did not resist arrest.

In the aftermath, Omar expressed on X, formerly Twitter, how “enormously proud” she was of her daughter for all of her activism and for “pushing her school to stand against genocide.” Several hours later, Hiris also spoke out about the experience of being arrested and placed in zip ties for more than seven hours while sitting in the precinct.

The protests, which began on Wednesday at Columbia, were not limited to the New York school. In the early morning hours of Monday, April 22, police in riot gear stormed Yale’s campus to break up a protest of hundreds of students protesting Israel’s actions. The protest began on Saturday in solidarity with Columbia students, and participants set up an encampment with a large banner reading “Liberated Zone.” Protesters marched around campus chanting against genocide and calling for Palestine’s freedom.

Columbia University canceled in-person classes on Monday amid ongoing gatherings.

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