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February 11, 2016

Heritage Author’s Resignation not Enough for Hispanic Caucus

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus called on the Heritage Foundation Friday to renounce the writings of Jason Richwine, a former Heritage employee and one of the authors of the group’s recent immigration report.

Richwine resigned this week amid a scandal over a doctoral thesis that suggested Latinos and other immigrants were not as smart as white Americans, according to news reports.

“Though the CHC welcomes Jason Richwine’s resignation, it is still very disheartening that the Heritage Foundation did not renounce his research and the ridiculous report on immigration that he co-authored,” CHC Chairman Rubén Hinojosa, D-Texas, said in a statement.

“We cannot afford the consequences of this man’s bigotry and ignorance to ripple through productive, bipartisan talks toward immigration reform,” Hinojosa continued. “I applaud those in the media and the community who stepped up and did what the Heritage Foundation was unwilling to do — call out unmistakable racism. Until the Heritage Foundation is willing to denounce Richwine’s work, shame on them and shame on those who support and fund them.”

Slate’s Dave Weigel reported Friday afternoon that Richwine had stepped down from his post at Heritage. Earlier in the week, news outlets reported that he had written a doctoral thesis at Harvard University which stated that the “average IQ of immigrants in the United States is substantially lower than that of the white native population.” He went on to suggest that the U.S. should focus on selecting “high-IQ immigrants” for entry, and he wrote: “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.”

Richwine co-authored a Heritage report on immigration that found that the cost of allowing an estimated 11 million immigrants to apply for legal status would reach $6.3 trillion over 50 years. The work was widely panned on both sides of the aisle, with the libertarian Cato Institute, Americans For Tax Reform President Grover Norquist, and House Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., lambasting it as flawed in its analysis.

Correction: This post has been updated to reflect the correct amount the Heritage report estimates the immigration overhaul will cost.

  • jtkell100

    Rush said this and I agree.
    But because his work has been cited in the Heritage Foundation on the Gang of Eight’s amnesty bill, he is now targeted for destruction. And joining this attempt to destroy him are several Republican establishment members, several RINO Republicans who are part of this cabal that thinks the Republican Party needs to go out and support amnesty in order to get Hispanic votes to have any chance of winning future elections.
    I think, folks, the Republicans that make up this group, the RINO group, the group that support this amnesty type legislation, or, if not amnesty, the Republicans that think we ought to modify and moderate our view on all the social issues, like abortion and so forth, do you know what it is? I think these people are jealous. I think they want the support of people who vote for Democrats. I think they wish people who voted for Democrats were voting for them. I think they wish they were going to things like the Met ball. I think they wish they were on red carpet premiere events. I think they wish to be accepted in that way by the pop culture icons of the left.
    So it’s understandable to me that the left would try to destroy Jason Richwine. That’s what they do. Any time somebody comes along and pokes holes in what they’re trying to do and illustrates the folly of their objectives, of course they’re gonna set out to destroy them. But what’s happening now is the entire Heritage Foundation is under assault, predictably from the left, but being joined by some Republicans. And Jason Richwine is at the head of this list for destruction. And again, his doctoral thesis, his review of the IQ of illegal aliens was simply a scholarly result of research. And his research was passed with flying colors by his dissertation review board at Harvard. Nobody had a problem with it until it shows up in a Heritage report which might damage official Washington, elitist Washington’s desire for amnesty.

  • jskdn

    When you can’t argue persuasively against the facts in a study with facts, attack the person who produced it and attack the study using unsupported rhetorical claims rather than analytical methodology. Worse yet, the attackers with their amnesty agenda have a news media that share the agenda and eschew doing anything resembling actual journalism.

  • bcmugger

    Truth hurts doesnt it. You know you ina screwed up world when facts offend.

  • B. Carroll

    Wonder how our zealous, fine Republican Hispanic congressmen, i.e., Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio,, feel about their esteemed Heritage Foundation cohorts labeling them and their parents, siblings, children, & potential grandchildren as being “intellectually inferior” to their fellow Anglos??

  • Mark A Abramson

    As one who holds a PhD and has worked as a professor, I have a simple question. If his doctoral dissertation was so bad, why on earth was this not caught by his doctoral dissertation committee? Why was he even allowed to graduate? The dissertation committee (especially at HARVARD) would be made up of distinguished faculty members — at least 3, and often more than that. Furthermore, the faculty on his committee would certainly not all be conservative — not at a liberal university like Harvard. Therefore the answer can only be one of two responses:

    1. The faculty on his committee didn’t do their jobs, because of either incompetence or negligence. And if this is the case, they should be fired.

    2. His research is entirely sound.

    There can be no other reason. I would sure like to see what Harvard has to say about this!

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