Heritage Foundation Study on Immigration Slammed as ‘Deeply Flawed’ With Co-Author Accused of Racism

The conservative think tank Heritage Foundation, which helped kill comprehensive immigration reform under George W. Bush, released their much-anticipated follow-up study on Monday which has been met with accusations of bad scholarship — including the revelation that one of the study’s authors once wrote what many saw as a racist study on immigration.

One of the co-author’s PhD dissertation was referred to by the chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus as “ugly racism and xenophobia dressed up in economic hyperbole.”

In 2009, co-author of the study Jason Richwine wrote that Hispanics have inherently lower IQs than ”the white native population,” going on to wonder if “Hispanics will ever reach IQ parity with whites.” The discovery of the dissertation was a huge blow to Heritage, forcing the think tank to release a statement saying that Richwine’s previous writings “do not reflect the positions of The Heritage Foundation.”

Heritage has run into trouble before. There was their questionable accounting of Paul Ryan’s budget which later had to be adjusted, along with a 2010 study against the legalization of marijuana that made the bizarre claim that “consumption of alcohol carries few health risks and even offers some significant benefits.”



  1. Pingback: Rush Limbaugh Defends Co-Author of Heritage Study Who Claimed Immigrant Hispanics Have Lower IQs (VIDEO)

  2. Avatar

    Bob Cull

    May 9, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Is anyone really surprised? I have long thought it amusing that the Heritage Foundation was referred to as a “think tank.”

  3. Pingback: Michelle Malkin: ‘Immigrant IQ Deficit That Appears to Persist Among Hispanic Immigrants’ Should be Studied

  4. Pingback: New Video Emerges of Disgraced Former Heritage Member Jason Richwine (VIDEO)

  5. Avatar


    May 22, 2013 at 1:28 am

    I’ve read Richwine’s paper and it is not as bad as it’s portrayed in the media…its far, far worse. It’s pretty much the worst parts of Mein Kampf carrying the Harvard seal of Approval. Honestly, it’s really, really poorly written, poorly sourced, and draws such huge and far ranging conclusions that it’s sad. For one, Richwine concludes that white european americans (never actually defining what that means) test higher than hispanic immigrants (never actually defining “hispanic”) on IQ tests and then draws the conclusions that 1) IQ tests are an accurate measure of intelligence (without proving this in the slightest) and 2) higher IQ test scores correlate to greater industry and upward mobility in a population (without proving that either). It’s a horrible piece of racial propaganda and Harvard should be embarrassed that they awarded this guy a PhD.

  6. Avatar

    Bob Cull

    May 22, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Amen! I have been saying that ever since I heard the subject matter of his dissertation! It is unfathomable how any respectable university could award a doctorate on the basis of a paper like this! Was he a legacy student? What could possibly justify it?

  7. Avatar

    Erak Zerebelem

    May 26, 2013 at 3:26 am

    Can we find out? I haven’t read any statements from Harvard.

  8. Avatar

    Bob Cull

    May 26, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Erak, would you want to step up and admit that you had awarded a doctorate to a yahoo like Richwine?

  9. Avatar

    Bob Cull

    May 27, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Thanks for that link Erak, it was enlightening and frustrating at the same time. It seems that Harvard is saying that to qualify for a doctorate all one need do is submit an opinion piece and call it a thesis. I don’t blame the students for being upset about this, not that the whole world knows that a moron like Richwine was awarded a Phd by Harvard people are going to question the validity of any advanced degree from there. He and his bigotry have potentially damaged the careers of countless innocent people whose only crime was receiving their degree from the same institution that he did.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

To Top