Heritage analyst resigns over immigrant low-IQ claims
WASHINGTON — A co-author of a Heritage Foundation report on the immigration bill resigned on Friday amid controversy over claims he made years ago about immigrants having low IQs.
A spokesman for the conservative think tank did not offer details on the departure of Jason Richwine, a senior policy analyst.
After Heritage issued the report this week, news articles and left-leaning bloggers pointed out that Richwine argued in his 2009 Harvard dissertation that there was a long-standing difference between the IQ of white Americans and immigrants.
Richwine said, “The average IQ of immigrants ... is substantially lower than that of the white native population, and the difference is likely to persist over several generations.”
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