Despite all her gaffs, Rep. Ilhan Omar has yet to learn the identity politics sword is double-edged.
Ted Cruz slams Ilhan Omar for suggesting Latinos can’t compete in ‘merit-based’ immigration system
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, rebuked Rep. Ihan Omar, D-Minn., Tuesday night for suggesting that Latino immigrants could not compete in a “merit-based” immigration system.
Omar called a merit-based immigration system discriminatory and racist in a now-deleted tweet. Omar’s comments were likely aimed at President Trump’s plan, released in May, to take a merit-based approach to approving immigrants’ entry into the U.S.
“A ‘merit based’ immigration policy is filled by racism toward the Latinx community. Our immigration policies shouldn’t be based on discrimination, fear, or bigotry. We should welcome immigrants to our country and offer a simple pathway to citizenship,” Omar’s tweet said.
Cruz, whose father is an immigrant from Cuba, said Omar’s tweet “troubled” him.
“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,” Cruz said.
Omar’s office did not immediately provide an explanation of why she chose to delete her tweet.
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