Texas Senator Ted Cruz blasts Representative Ilhan Omar for a now-deleted tweet suggesting Latinos may not be able to qualify for a merit-based immigration system.
Cruz blasted Omar via twitter Tuesday saying, “As the son of a Cuban immigrant whose Dad came to get a math degree & become a computer programmer, I’m troubled that Dems seem to believe Hispanic immigrants can’t qualify for skills-based legal immigration.”
As the son of a Cuban immigrant whose Dad came to get a math degree & become a computer programmer, I’m troubled that Dems seem to believe Hispanic immigrants can’t qualify for skills-based legal immigration. Bringing in more scientists, engineers & doctors is good for US jobs. https://t.co/iugniZgJtL
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 29, 2019
Cruz continued by touting the influx of immigrants saying, “Bringing in more scientists, engineers & doctors is good for US jobs.”
Omar published the tweet Tuesday saying, “A “merit based” immigration policy is fueled by racism towards the Latinx community.”
Her tweeted continued by asserting immigration policies should not be based upon “discrimination, fear, or bigotry.”
Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN) just deleted this tweet where she appeared to suggest that Latinos can’t measure up in a “merit-based” immigration system. pic.twitter.com/ak9EKVdN0i
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) May 29, 2019
She faced backlash immediately with many across the political aisle suggesting the tweet was racist and suggested Latino immigrants would be incapable of acclimating to a merit-based system.
Her tweet came in response to President Trump’s new immigration proposal which he unveiled earlier this month.
The president’s new system will secure the border completely, implement a merit-based immigration system, reform the asylum process, protect American workers, and increase diversity within American society.
— GOP (@GOP) May 19, 2019