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Ted Cruz responds to Rep. Ilhan Omar's claim that Latinos couldn't hack it in a merit-based immigration system

The congresswoman's tweet has since been deleted

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) weighed in on Rep. Ilhan Omar's (D-Minn.) recent claim that implementing a merit-based immigration system would put Latinos at a disadvantage in seeking U.S. citizenship.

What are the details?

The freshman congresswoman tweeted Tuesday: "A 'merit-based' immigration policy is fueled 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 was presumably voicing her opposition to a recent proposal introduced by President Donald Trump, which Politico reported would implement a point-based merit standard for legal U.S. citizenship. Yet the freshman congresswoman apparently realized her claim of racism had backfired, and deleted the message from her feed — but not before the Daily Wire's Ryan Saavedra captured it for all to see.

Conservative pundit Michelle Malkin also shared Omar's comments, pointing out the irony in the freshman congresswoman's claim.

Sen. Cruz reacted to Omar's comments by saying, "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 U.S. jobs."

Anything else?

While Omar removed her own words asserting that Latinos could not hack it under a skills-based immigration system, she kept an analysis from the Washington Post on her Twitter feed (as of this writing) along with the quote, "Our research suggests that prejudice against Latinos is an important, if veiled, reason that some Americans advocate admitting primarily highly educated, highly skilled immigrants."

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