Cruz Knocks Omar’s Suggestion That Hispanic Immigrants ‘Can’t Qualify’ Under a Merit-Based System

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According to Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Latino immigrants who come to the United States can’t qualify on a merit-based system, a claim that Rep. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is blasting her for.

Controversial freshman Omar took to Twitter, in what’s now a deleted tweet, to show her distaste toward moving to a merit-based immigration system, saying it would fuel “racism toward the Latinx community.”

The president announced on May 16 his immigration plan to move from family-based immigration to a merit-based system in order to curb illegal immigration and improve border security, as IJR News previously reported. A merit-based system — like in countries such as Canada and Australia — would favor immigrants who speak English and have a job offer.

However, Omar thinks such policies would be based on “discrimination, fear, or bigotry,” suggesting immigrants should be offered a “simple pathway to citizenship.”

See Omar’s since-deleted tweet below:

Cruz — whose father came to the U.S. in the 1950s from Cuba — swiped back at Omar for her belief that “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.”

Omar’s view on shifting to a merit-based immigration system is in stark contrast to another Texas representative, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas), who told IJR this immigration policy is the “right move.”

“I think we should favor higher-skilled workers and give them a leg-up over simple family ties, which is what our current system is,” Crenshaw said.

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JONATHON
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JONATHON

Another deleted tweet by Omar. She has a graveyard of them thats to her simplemindedness…

Screwtape
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The plus side of this is Omar has paused in throwing shade at the Jews and Israel.

Now she’s making “friends” with another bloc of voters.

I really hope this brother-marrying loudmouth gets indicted for marriage fraud. Nah. She’s a Dimocrat.

Phoenix
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Merit based immigration makes a lot of sense.

I’m less enthusiastic about importing only highly skilled workers though. We should import only the types of workers we need and review what we need every 5 years or so.

If we know we have a lot of engineers making their way through college then it would be a bad idea to have a lot of engineers brought in from other countries around the same time if there aren’t enough jobs to support them all.

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