By Joseph A. Wulfsohn | Fox News

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex, called out Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn, over a now-deleted tweet that suggested having a merit-based immigration system would disadvantage Latino migrants.

Earlier this month, President Trump unveiled his plans for immigration reform, including the installation of a merit-based system that grants migrants entry into the United States based on their trade, skill level, and education.

On Tuesday night, Omar slammed Trump’s proposal in a tweet that has since been deleted from her Twitter page.

Ryan Saavedra@RealSaavedra

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.2,05311:25 PM – May 28, 20191,616 people are talking about this.

A “merit based” immigration policy is fueled by racism towards the Latinx community,” Omar wrote. “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.”

That sparked a ton of blowback from critics.

Michelle Malkin@michellemalkinReplying to @michellemalkin

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.47912:24 AM – May 29, 2019293 people are talking about this.

Sen. Cruz also weighed in and called out the Democratic Party for apparently believing that “Hispanic immigrants can’t qualify for skills-based legal immigration.”

Ted Cruz@tedcruz

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. Ryan Saavedra@RealSaavedraDemocrat 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.9,14712:56 AM – May 29, 2019. 3,877 people are talking about this.

“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 tweeted. “Bringing in more scientists, engineers & doctors is good for US jobs.”

Rep. Omar’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.Joseph A. Wulfsohn is a media reporter for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @JosephWulfsohn.

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