Not only did a much awaited study by The Heritage Foundation cause outrage and uproar by calculating the cost of undocumented immigrants becoming citizens at $6.3 trillion, a recently unearthed 2009 dissertation by the co-author of the study and Heritage senior policy analyst, Jason Richwine, has surfaced, displaying his belief that many immigrants have a low IQ – particularly Hispanic immigrants – and that they should be kept out of the United States.
While it isn’t particularly surprising that The Heritage Foundation chose a bigoted racist to co-author their xenophobic study, his shockingly false comments are being blasted by those on all sides of the political spectrum.
“The average IQ of immigrants in the United States is substantially lower than that of the white native population, and the difference is likely to persist over several generations,” he wrote. “The consequences are a lack of socioeconomic assimilation among low-IQ immigrant groups, more underclass behavior, less social trust, and an increase in the proportion of unskilled workers in the American labor market.”
His overtly racist commentary continued:
No one knows whether Hispanics will ever reach IQ parity with whites, but the prediction that new Hispanic immigrants will have low-IQ children and grandchildren is difficult to argue against.
Of course, Mike Gonzalez, Vice President of Communications for The Heritage Foundation, distanced himself from Richwine’s comments, saying, “This is not a work of The Heritage Foundation. Its findings in and no way reflect the positions of The Heritage Foundation. Nor do the findings of fact the conclusions of our study on the cost of amnesty to the US taxpayer.”
Jeff Houser of the (AFL-CIO) says that these beliefs underlie the reasons why Heritage is really against immigration reform.
“The fact that heritage sought out and hired a bigot who thinks Latinos have a lower IQ than non-Latinos is offensive,” he says. “The one thing that comes out of it is it rips the veil off of heritage and makes clear that their opposition to immigration reform is based on bigotry rather than policy.”
Of course, Richwine does not point to any particular scientific evidence in order to back up his claims, making him a perfect fit for The Heritage Foundation, which has made a habit of choosing researchers that use personal anecdotes and opinions as hard evidence.
Jorge-Mario Cabrera of the Coalition for Humane Immigrants Rights of Los Angeles made the best case against Richwine’s bigotry, saying
“If immigration was based on IQ levels, the U.S. would be a society in danger of extinction,” he says. ”It is absolutely reprehensible for The Heritage Foundation to replace real solutions with conjectures and blatantly attack recent immigrants.”
The time is long overdue for the mainstream media to stop presenting both sides of the immigration argument as two opposing legitimate viewpoints. While our think tanks use facts, truths and empirical data, theirs attempt to present the personal opinions and guesses of bigoted hackjobs as scientific evidence.
The truth is that immigrants help our country and our economy, and we should be doing everything possible in order to ensure that the American Dream is within their reach as long as they are willing to work hard and play by the rules.
Watch a video of the new Heritage report here: