The Heritage Foundation has taken to being front-page news in recent weeks. Last week the Foundation released a report stating that immigration reform would cost a whopping $6.3 trillion over a span of 50 years.
The Heritage Foundation co-author, Jason Richwine, has now brought more discussions to the table. A past work by Richwine discusses his opposition to allowing immigrants with low IQ’s the opportunity to obtain legal status. Richwine’s doctoral dissertation is titled, “IQ and Immigration Policy.” Richwine believes there is a set correlation between intelligence and race.
A piece from Richwine’s dissertation reads as follows:
“The statistical construct known as IQ can reliably estimate general mental ability, or intelligence. 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. 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. Selecting high-IQ 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.”
He mentions in his dissertation that no one knows whether Hispanics will ever reach IQ parity with whites. To further draw his point home, Richwine suggest that instead of excluding races believed to have lower IQ’s, that we should just test each individuals immigrants IQ and exclude those with low scores. He believes this will be a “win-win for the U.S. and potential immigrants.” To soften his discriminative ideology, Richwine elected to go against calling this idea an “IQ based selection” but rather used the term “skill-based.”
This radical thought process is found in much of the Heritage Foundations’ current work on immigration.
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