Freshmen congresswoman Ilhan Omar has sparked controversy with new remarks. This time, the remarks in question center around merit-based immigration and the Latino community.
In a tweet which she has since deleted, Omar alleged that merit-based immigration is inherently racist towards Latinos.
Reviewing Omar’s Remarks on Merit-Based Immigration
Over the past few weeks, the Trump administration has furthered strides towards a merit-based immigration system. Such a system falls in line with the idea that those who emigrate to America ought to be able to support themselves independently and contribute accordingly.
Well, like most political matters, there are people who disagree with the notion of merit-based immigration. Very recently, Rep. Omar took to Twitter to express her concerns and subsequently slam the merit-based immigration system proposal as “racist.”
Although the congresswoman deleted her tweet, it’s still well-documented via screenshots and reposts.
See for yourself:
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
Reactions to Omar’s Remarks on Merit-Based Immigration
Now, there are some very intense undertones within Omar’s tweet. The congresswoman essentially stated that the Latino community would struggle to thrive and compete within a merit-based immigration system. Ironically, this in and of itself, is a racist notion, despite the fact that Omar is making this statement to brand the Trump administration as racist.
GOP Sen. Ted Cruz, the son of a Cuban immigrant, pointed this out in response to Omar’s remarks:
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
Omar furthermore received flak from other Americans who comprehended the inferences of her tweet:
So Ms. Smarty Pants @ilhanmn deleted her tweet, cuz she finally realized that in accusing the President of raaaaaaaaaaacism, she was sounding mighty raaaaaaaaaacist herself. pic.twitter.com/10ojMOpHl2
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) May 29, 2019
Immigration to the United States of America
Many people have stated that the real racists are those who see racism wherever they go. From a purely objective standpoint, merit-based immigration is not a racist policy. Immigration to the United States is a privilege, not a right. Furthermore, seeing as immigration is a privilege, nations which permit it have the right to enact various stipulations; this includes the United States.
Thus far, Omar has doubled down on her claims that merit-based immigration is racist to the Latino community. This is moreover evident upon reviewing the latest posts on her Twitter feed regarding this matter:
“Our research suggests that prejudice against Latinos is an important, if veiled, reason that some Americans advocate admitting primarily highly educated, highly skilled immigrants.”
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) May 29, 2019
Statements such as Omar’s are regularly viewed by conservatives as the soft bigotry of low expectations.