Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN-5) is learning that she can run from her deleted tweets but she cannot hide from them.
Earlier this month, President Trump announced a proposal for a merit-based immigration system which, as Fox News reported, “would dramatically alter how the U.S. accepts people into the country”:
The proposal would judge immigrants with a points-based system that would favor high-skilled workers — accounting for age, English proficiency, education and whether the applicant has a well-paying job offer.
Currently, only about 12 percent of immigrants are admitted based on employment and skills, while 66 percent are admitted based on family connections inside the U.S. Administration officials estimate that those numbers would flip to 57 and 33 percent, respectively, under the Trump plan.
“Currently 66 percent of legal immigrants come here based on random chance, they’re admitted solely because they have a relative in the United States, and it doesn’t really matter who that relative is,” Trump said.
He said the plan would help recruit “top talent.”
The plan does not deal with those already in the country illegally, including those who came to the country as children and were protected under an Obama-era executive order. However, Trump said it closes loopholes so that gang members and criminals are inadmissible, and would stop frivolous asylum claims.
On Tuesday, Omar posted (and later deleted) a tweet in which she voiced opposition to such a system. Her comments seemed to insinuate that she believed illegal immigrants were not up to the task:
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
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) saw it and called out the freshman Congresswoman:
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
As of this writing, Omar has not responded to Cruz.
In spite of Omar’s numerous attempts at silencing her critics in the past using the “progressive woman of color” card, Cruz has not shied away from condemning her rhetoric:
The anti-Semitic Left—whether @IlhanMN repeated anti-Israel slurs or @nytimes apologizing for Hamas terrorists (eg, on 3/14/18) & running racist cartoons—is getting worse. And the House can’t even pass an anti-Semitism resolution. Responsible Dems need to say Enough is Enough. https://t.co/ca99Mcq9Ij
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 28, 2019
More recently, Cruz blasted Omar’s BFF Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI-13) over her despicable attempts at revising Holocaust history. He also slammed Democratic party leaders for the slow but steady rise of anti-Semitism within their ranks.
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