Ilhan Omar removes the tweet and claims it & # 39; merit-based & # 39; Trump's immigration plan is the code for anti-Latin American racism, while Ted Cruz fires her because she thinks that & # 39; Spanish immigrants cannot qualify & # 39;
- Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar removed a tweet after Texas Sen. Ted Cruz called her, claiming that merit-based immigration was racist against Hispanics
- Cruz, whose father emigrated from Cuba, said he & # 39; was unsettled that Dems seem to believe that Latin American immigrants cannot qualify for skill-based legal immigration & # 39;
- Omar tweeted Tuesday night that & # 39; an & # 39; merit-based & # 39; immigration policy is fueled by racism towards the Latinx community & # 39;
- Earlier this month, President Donald Trump unveiled an immigration reform plan with a merit-based system that would allow US access to migrants based on their trade, skills and education
The representative of Minnesota, Ilhan Omar, deleted a tweet and claimed that a merit-based immigration system would disadvantage Latino migrants after Texas Senator Ted Cruz asked her for prejudices against Hispanics.
& # 39; If the son of a Cuban immigrant whose father achieved a maths degree and became a computer programmer, I have problems that Dems seem to believe that Latin American immigrants cannot qualify for skills-based legal immigration & # 39 ;, tweeted on Friday in response to Omar's tweet.
& # 39; Bringing in more scientists, technicians and doctors is good for jobs in the US & # 39 ;, he continued.
The full legal name of Cruz is Rafael Edward Cruz, and he is of Cuban descent. His father was born and raised in Cuba, moved to the University of Texas at Austin in 1975 and received political asylum in the US after his four years were over. He became a naturalized citizen in 2005.
Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar removed a tweet after Senator Ted Cruz accused her of being biased against Hispanics by suggesting that President Donald Trump's merit-based immigration policy discriminated against the & # 39; Lantix & # 39; community
Cruz responded to the now deleted tweet by talking about his Cuban immigrant father who became a computer programmer after studying at the university in the US.
President Donald Trump unveiled an immigration reform plan earlier this month, with a merit-based system that would allow US access to migrants based on their skills and level of trade and education.
Omar beat the president for the proposal, tweeting Tuesday night that it was & # 39; fueled by racism. & # 39;
& # 39; A & # 39; merit-based & immigration policy is fueled by racism towards the Latinx community & # 39 ;, Omar wrote in the now-removed tweet.
& # 39; Our immigration policy cannot be based on discrimination, fear or intolerance. We should welcome immigrants into our country and offer a simple road to citizenship, & Omar concluded.
Some other Twitter users said that Omar accused the president of racism and sounded racist by recommending Hispanics to be disadvantaged by a merit-based immigration system.
& # 39; So Mrs. Smarty Pants @ilhanmn deleted her tweet because she finally realized that she was accusing the president of raaaaaaaaaaacism and sounding mighty raaaaaaaaaaacist herself & # 39 ;, tweeted conservative blogger Michelle Malkin.
Omar, who claims to be the & # 39; greatest nemesis & # 39; of Trump, other Twitter users also accused him of racist behavior, while accusing the President of being racist
Earlier this month, Trump unveiled an immigration plan with a merit-based system for granting US access to migrants based on their skills and level of trade and training
The first-year congressman is a Somali-American refugee who moved to America in 1992 when she was about 11 years old and received asylum a few years later in 1995. She was elected to the US House of Representatives in the 2018 mid-term elections.
Omar is a vocal critic of Trump and his government, and has himself his & # 39; greatest arch enemy & # 39; because she is a refugee, hijab-wearing Muslim and black.
She is particularly hyper-critical about Trump's immigration policy, including a zero tolerance that his administration used – and subsequently reversed – after it caused an influx of children separated from their parents when crossing the border illegally.
The progressive legislator has also come under fire to make comments that were generally considered anti-Semitic.
She caused indignation, even within her own party, with a tweet that supported Israel for financial contributions.
& # 39; It's all about the Benjamins, & # 39; she tweeted in February.
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