In a tweet this week, Rep. Ilhan Omar said it was racist for the Trump administration to rework our legal immigration system to give preference to migrants who can actually contribute something valuable to our country.
“A ‘merit based’ immigration policy is fueled by racism towards the Latinx community,” Omar tweeted. “Our immigration policies shouldn’t be based on discrimination, fear, or bigotry. We should welcome immigrants to our country and offer a simple way to citizenship.”
But many people, including Sen. Ted Cruz, thought that it was Omar’s post that reeked of racism.
“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,” Cruz wrote. “Bringing in more scientists, engineers & doctors is good for US jobs.”
Omar, recognizing that she had (once again) stuck her foot in her mouth, quickly deleted the tweet.
The Minnesota Muslim is, of course, a beneficiary of our current immigration system, which prioritizes “diversity” over merit. If merit-based rules had been in place when the Somalian refugee was considered for legal status, she would never have made it. She had no education, no skills, and had to be rescued from a refugee camp. This is in sharp contrast to Cruz’s dad, who actually brought some worth with him to this country.
Now, is that to say that all “worth” can be measured in what you bring to the workplace? No, of course not. But at least those things are easy to count. There may be a lot of other “worths” to consider in other areas of one’s life. Good family man, kind woman, great mother, etc. That’s all fine and well. But those are a little bit difficult to quantify when you’re mapping out your immigration policies. Best to just stick to the basics.
What is totally unacceptable is merely letting anyone come over, regardless of whether they will contribute to American society or leech off the taxpayers. That is the situation that Trump is trying to fix, and it doesn’t have a damn thing to do with racism against the “Latinx” community. It merely brings the U.S. in line with countries like Japan, Canada, and the UK. And it’s long past time we did so.
If it happens to keep future Ilhan Omars out of this country, so much the better.