Republican Senator Ted Cruz took Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar to task for what was widely perceived to be a racist tweet against the Latin American community.
In a now-deleted tweet, BizPac Review reports Omar said the United States’ merit-based immigration policies were “fueled by racism” and were “based on discrimination, fear, or bigotry.”
Omar tweeted: “A ‘merit-based’ immigration policy is fueled by racism towards 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 way to citizenship.”
The tweet seemed to suggest that those in the Latin American community would have difficulty making the cut into the country—or that’s how it was perceived by Cruz and many others.
“In her condescending, patronizing, racist tweet, Omar suggested that Latinos are too stupid and unskilled to qualify for admission based on merit. Amid heavy backlash, Omar deleted the tweet,” BizPac Review reports.
Cruz responded to the tweet: “As the son of a Cuban immigrant whose Dad came to get a math degree and 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 and doctors is good for US jobs.”
BizPac Review adds:
President Trump proposed a merit-based immigration system that prioritizes high-skilled workers and requires immigrants to pass a civics test before entering the US. They must also learn English and not become a long-term financial burden to American taxpayers.
Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom all have merit-based immigration systems. Why shouldn’t the United States? No one is calling them racist for wanting to select the cream of the crop to enter their countries.
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- 57% would be admitted based on employment and skills.
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