Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) slammed Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) late on Tuesday evening after she suggested that Latinos could not measure up in a “merit-based” immigration system.

Omar, who immediately deleted the tweet after many called her a racist, wrote: “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.”

Actress Mindy Robinson, who was first to notice that Omar deleted her tweet, took a screenshot of it:

Cruz later responded to Omar’s comments, writing on Twitter: “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.”

Michelle Malkin also called out Omar over her racist comments, tweeting: “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.”

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