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Author of Heritage Immigration Study Resigns


Jason Richwine, a senior policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation and one of the authors (along with Robert Rector) of the think tank’s recent study “The Fiscal Cost of Unlawful Immigrants and Amnesty to the U.S. Taxpayer,” has resigned. Heritage’s statement:

Jason Richwine let us know he’s decided to resign from his position. He’s no longer employed by Heritage.

It is our long-standing policy not to discuss internal personnel matters.

Richwine holds a Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard, and the topic of his dissertation, IQ and immigration policy, has recently embroiled him in controversy. Earlier this week, Heritage addressed the controversy over his work in a larger statement about the study, saying:

We welcome a rigorous, fact-based debate on the data, methodology, and conclusions of the Heritage study on the cost of amnesty. Instead, some have pointed to a Harvard dissertation written by Dr. Jason Richwine. Dr. Richwine did not shape the methodology or the policy recommendations in the Heritage paper; he provided quantitative support to lead author Robert Rector. The dissertation was written while Dr. Richwine was a student at Harvard, supervised and approved by a committee of respected scholars.

The Harvard paper is not a work product of The Heritage Foundation. Its findings do not reflect the positions of The Heritage Foundation or the conclusions of our study on the cost of amnesty to U.S. taxpayers, as race and ethnicity are not part of Heritage immigration policy recommendations.


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