Limbaugh: Critics “Trash[ing]” Heritage Researcher For Saying Immigrants Have Lower IQ, But “They Don't Dispute That”

Limbaugh Adds That Claim Is “Not Politically Correct” To Discuss, “Even If It's True”

From the May 9 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Rush Limbaugh Show:

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LIMBAUGH: There's also a move out there, understandably in the Democrat Party, but also with 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. Remember, we made available to you, if you wanted to go to the Heritage Foundation website the other day earlier this week, they were giving you the report free. The website is You go there, get the whole thing downloaded, the five-page summary was really pretty much what you needed to read, it was detailed. The summary was just powerful. It talked about $6.3 trillion of net cost.

Well, all kinds of people, predictably from the Democrat Party but some of the Republican Party are coming out to discredit the whole thing, discredit the scholarship, the math. One of the criticisms is those guys at Heritage, they analyzed this in a static way. They didn't calculate any of the dynamics. What they mean by that is, oh wait a minute, yeah, some of these new arrivals may have ended up on the welfare rolls, but some of them are paying taxes, too, and that's gonna wash out whatever benefits they get. That's the theory. But that doesn't quite wash.

But anyway, that's just what's out there. But anyway, USA Today, a story here by Alan Gomez, one of the authors of a Heritage Foundation report that panned the Senate plan to overhaul immigration argued in his doctoral dissertation that immigrants generally have lower IQs than the native white population of the United States. Uh oh oh... You see now the long knives are out for anybody at Heritage who had anything to do with this. Jason Richwine who received his doctorate in public policy from Harvard in 2009, joined Heritage, it says here, “the conservative Heritage Foundation in 2012,” wrote in his dissertation titled “IQ and Immigration Policy” that immigrants in the U.S. have lower IQs than native Americans and that difference is likely to persist over several generations.

The consequences are a lack of socio-economic assimilation among low IQ immigrant groups while underclass behavior, less social trust and an increase in the proportion of unskilled workers in the American labor market. That's what Jason Richrine, err, Richwine wrote in a story first reported by the Washington Post, 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.

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 trying to come up with immigration policy. You're not suppose to bring that kind of stuff up. You're not suppose to talk about it. It's not politically correct, even if it's true. You're not suppose to bring it up. So, the entire Heritage report on immigration that disagreed with the Senate Gang of 8 plan is under assault now because one of the authors in his doctoral dissertation wrote that immigrants have lower IQs than native Americans. And they don't dispute that in the USA Today piece as far as I read. They don't dispute that. 


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