Posted on May 10, 2013

Heritage Immigration Study Under Assault

Rush Limbaugh, May 9, 2013


RUSH: There’s also a move out there–understandably in the Democrat Party, but within certain elements of the Republican Party–to go after, discredit, and basically blow up the Heritage Foundation study on immigration and the cost of amnesty. {snip}{snip} Well, all kinds of people–predictably from the Democrat Party, but some in the Republican Party now–are coming out to discredit this whole thing. {snip}{snip}Now, USA Today in a story here by Alan Gomez.  “One of the authors of a Heritage Foundation report that panned a Senate plan to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws argued in his doctoral dissertation that immigrants generally have lower IQs than the ‘native white population’ of the United States.” Uh-oh.  Uh, uh, uh, uh, oh. You see now, the long knives are out for anybody at Heritage who had anything to do with this.


So now it’s trash the messenger time. There is no argument in this piece about whether or not Mr. Richwine’s doctoral dissertation is right.  They don’t even raise that question. They are attempting to discredit Mr. Richwine and the Heritage report by pointing out that this guy, in his doctoral dissertation, suggested that immigrants to America have lower IQs than native Americans and that the difference is likely to persist over several generations. And it’s something that we ought to consider when analyzing and coming up with immigration policy. You’re not supposed to bring that kind of stuff up. You’re just not supposed to talk about it.  That’s not politically correct. Even if it’s true, you are not supposed to bring it up.

So the entire Heritage report on immigration that disagreed with the Senate Gang of Eight plan is under assault now, because one of the authors in his doctoral dissertation wrote that immigrants have lower IQs than native Americans. They don’t dispute that in the USA piece, as far as I read, they don’t dispute that. Snerdley is asking, “If it’s true, shouldn’t it have an impact?” Well, maybe in a different era, yeah. But not today. It mighta mattered policy-wise in a different era, but today, no. You’re not even supposed to talk about this. We’re supposed to reach out. In fact, the lower the IQ, the more welcoming we are to be to show how good we are and compassionate and how understanding. The lower the IQ, the more welcoming we should be.


So Heritage says, “Whatever he wrote his doctoral thesis on had nothing to do with our report. Our report’s about money. The IQ of arriving immigrants is not part of our study. It’s not part of our report.” Doesn’t matter. His doctoral thesis was written about this, and as such, he’s automatically discredited as a bigot and a racist and whatever else, and therefore the entire Heritage report is disqualified. That’s what’s underway in the Drive-By Media.


[Editor’s Note: Mr. Limbaugh defended Dr. Richwine once more on his show. That transcript is available here.]