Jason Richwine, a senior policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation, is taking a lot of heat for claiming in his doctoral dissertation that Latinos have a lower I.Q. than whites.
“No one knows whether Hispanics will ever reach I.Q. parity with whites, but the prediction that new Hispanic immigrants will have low-I.Q. children and grandchildren is difficult to argue against,” he asserts in his dissertation, titled “I.Q. and Immigration Policy”.
The Harvard University graduate also claimed in his dissertation, which was published in 2009, that immigrants living in the United States have a “substantially lower” I.Q. than whites.
He wrote in the dissertation abstract:
“The statistical construct known as I.Q. can reliably estimate general mental ability, or intelligence. The average I.Q. 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. The consequences are a lack of socioeconomic assimilation among low-I.Q. immigrant groups, more underclass behavior, less social trust and an increase in the proportion of unskilled workers in the American labor market. Selecting high-I.Q. immigrants would ameliorate these problems in the U.S., while at the same time benefiting smart potential immigrants who lack educational access in their home countries.”
Rep. Hinojosa condemns Richwine’s ‘lower I.Q.’ claims
Congressional Hispanic Caucus chairman Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-Tex.) lashed out at Richwine on Wednesday, saying his assertions “show a man with a flawed understanding of human nature and of immigration.”
“Those who come to America to seek freedom and opportunity arrive with the intent to work hard to build a new life, ” Hinojosa said in a statement. “In fact, immigrants are twice as likely to start a small business as native-born Americans and countless studies have shown the benefits of immigration on the economy.”
The Texas Democrat went on to urge Republicans to abstain from echoing “the racism that was used against African-Americans a hundred years ago.”
“Shame on the Heritage Foundation and shame on those who allow these comments to go unchallenged,” Hinojosa continued.
Since Richwine’s dissertation came to light, the Heritage Foundation has distanced itself from his remarks. NBC News reported on a statement release by Foundation spokesman Mike Gonzalez.
“This is not a work product of The Heritage Foundation. Its findings in no way reflect the positions of The Heritage Foundation,” the statement read. “Nor do the findings affect the conclusions of our study on the cost of amnesty to the U.S. taxpayer.”
Richwine also takes heat for Heritage study
Richwine is also the co-author of a Heritage Foundation study released this week that suggests that the bipartisan immigration reform bill introduced by the “Gang of Eight” will cost the public $6.3 trillion. He is also taking a lot of heat for that study.
That study was intended to be a tool Republicans could use to challenge the immigration reform proposal. However, within hours, the Heritage study received criticism from GOP leaders, including Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. They argued that the study failed to acknowledge the economic growth that would result from the immigration reform legislation.
Former Republican National Committee chairman Haley Barbour described the Heritage study as “a political document” instead of a “serious” effort at debate. Meanwhile, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said the study “is better described as a work of fiction.”
Hinojosa also criticized the Heritage Foundation for publishing the study. He stated, “The Heritage Foundation has always been a stalwart of conservatism, but this is common place, ugly racism and xenophobia dressed up in economic hyperbole. I urge everyone in the conservative community to step up and speak out against this disgraceful, so-called report.”