Skip to main content

The U.S. wants to undo the citizenship of 4 Minnesotans from Somalia

They claimed to be a family when they moved here in 2001.

The Justice Department is asking a court to revoke the citizenship of four Minnesota residents originally from Somalia, saying they lied on their visa applications when they came to the U.S.

All four have become citizens since arriving in Minnesota in 2001. 

Fosia Abdi Adan of Eden Prairie, now 51, came to the U.S. under the diversity lottery visa program, which President Trump said last week should be eliminated. 

The Justice Department says Adan then got visas for three people she falsely claimed were her husband and their two sons. The court papers filed Monday say all four immigrants used fake names on their visa applications. 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the move to revoke their citizenship, saying enforcement has to be taken against immigration fraud to keep it from multiplying. 

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke said in a statement: "Fraudulently obtained citizenship is an affront to our American values, the rule of law, and all those who honestly attained their immigration status.”

'Husband' living in St. Cloud 

The Justice Department says the man who claimed to be Adan's husband, Ahmed Mohamed Warsame, was never really married to her but filed for divorce soon after moving to Minnesota. 

Immigration fraud investigators took a new look at the case when Warsame later tried to bring his real wife and their four children to the U.S., the Associated Press reports

A State Department agent reported Warsame, who lives in St. Cloud, eventually admitted to using false documents to enter the U.S., the AP says.

The complaint filed Monday also names Mustaf Abdi Adan, 33, and Faysal Jama Mire, 31, who claimed to be the sons of Adan and Warsame. 

What happens next?

No one is charged with a crime in this case.

Instead, the Justice Department has launched a process called "denaturalization," which would revoke the citizenship of the four people named in the complaint. 

As FindLaw explains, people who are American citizens can't be deported – but if their citizenship is taken away, they can be.

Meanwhile, the program that Adan used to enter the U.S. is under new scrutiny since it was revealed that the suspect in last week's New York terrorist attack also entered on a diversity lottery visa. 

President Trump says he wants Congress to eliminate the program. Learn more about it on the State Department website or in this New York Times article.

Next Up

US Navy Flickr - COVID hospital PPE nurse

Frontline worker payments: Over a million Minnesotans to get $487.45

Gov. Tim Walz says the payments will start going out on Wednesday.

19050650853_a4a6377429_k

Ed Sheeran to bring North America stadium tour to Minneapolis

It's the second show announced for the Vikings stadium in 2023.

Kim Crockett

GOP candidate Kim Crockett won't commit to accepting election result

Crockett has been a proponent of conspiracy theories regarding the 2020 presidential election.

Screen Shot 2022-10-01 at 9.41.39 AM

Charges: Man carjacked father, daughter as they loaded groceries outside Cub

The father grappled with the suspect after he had pointed a gun at his daughter.

Screen Shot 2022-10-02 at 8.25.27 PM

Pilot, brother and sister killed when plane crashed into house are ID'd

The plane crashed into a house in Hermantown, Minnesota.

Screen Shot 2022-10-02 at 7.18.52 PM

Rolled semi, livestock on freeway interchange in Woodbury

Traffic cameras showed what appeared to be hogs on the side of the road.

Eric Reinbold

Reinbold guilty of murdering wife with 'particular cruelty'

Eric Reinbold, 46, was convicted of two counts of murder in the second degree in Pennington County Friday.

police tape

Armed assault suspect arrested after standoff in Waite Park

The standoff ended early Saturday when officer obtained a warrant for the home.

Screen Shot 2022-10-02 at 9.06.25 AM

3 dead after plane crashes into house in Hermantown

Two people in the house were uninjured.

FeDh7pUWAAg3NMd

Destructive fire at Maple Grove greenhouse and nursery

The fire burned early Sunday morning at a longtime Maple Grove greenhouse and nursery.

st. cloud state university hockey

SCSU player hospitalized after being taken off ice on stretcher

Luedtke was checked into the boards in the first period and down for a reported 10-15 minutes.

Amber alert wisconsin

Amber Alert for Kryssy King canceled, suspect still at large

Police beleived 15-year-old Kryssy King was with a 22-year-old man who remains wanted.

Related

15 states sue the feds to keep DACA; MN says it'll be involved

They want to block Trump's plan to end the immigrant program

Screen Shot 2019-07-01 at 8.41.51 AM

Protesters march in Minneapolis over U.S. immigration policies

The Sunday march was protesting ICE, family separation and immigration bans.

Local DJ fighting for citizenship

Local DJ Sothiphakhak and his family fled to the United States from a refugee camp in Thailand when he was just 2-years-old. Now, he has discovered that his father -- who passed away when he was a young boy -- never completed the process of making him a U.S. citizen.