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Try to Find the Heritage Foundation’s Anti-Immigration Study on its Spanish-Language Site

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Very cute. And very telling, for anyone who didn’t already know the nature of the Heritage Foundation.

UPDATE: And perhaps even more telling, this post at The American Prospect by Paul Waldman:

When the Heritage Foundation released that study showing immigration reform would cost American taxpayers a gajillion feptillion bazillion dollars, people were obviously going to pick it apart and reveal its flaws and tendentious assumptions, which they did. But today came something else interesting. Dylan Matthews readthe dissertation written by one of the authors, Jason Richwine, in which Richwin writes that “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.” In order to deal with the problem, Richwine suggests IQ-testing everyone who wants to immigrate, and taking only the smart ones. As Matthews describes it, “Richwine’s dissertation asserts that there are deep-set differentials in intelligence between races … He writes, ‘No one knows whether Hispanics will ever reach IQ parity with whites, but the prediction that new Hispanic immigrants will have low-IQ children and grandchildren is difficult to argue against.'” Well now.

So: does this provide even more reason to reject the Heritage study Richwine co-wrote? In other words, how much weight should we give to someone’s repellent views on a topic when evaluating an empirical piece of work they produce? If you conclude that Richwine has bad intentions, can that be all you need to know to reject what he has to say about the costs of immigration reform?

My answers to those questions are . . .

Continue reading.

Written by Leisureguy

8 May 2013 at 12:13 pm

Posted in Daily life, GOP

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