Last updated on: 9/13/2013 | Author:

Jason Richwine, PhD Biography

Former Senior Policy Analyst for the Center for Data Analysis at the Heritage Foundation
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants?"

“Current immigration policies with respect to both lawful and unlawful immigration encourage the entry of a disproportionate number of poorly educated immigrants into the U.S. As these low-skill immigrants (both lawful and unlawful) take up residence, they impose a substantial tax burden on U.S. taxpayers. The benefits received by unlawful and low-skill immigrant households exceed taxes paid at each age level; at no point do these households pay more in taxes than they receive in benefits.

Current immigration practices, both lawful and unlawful, operate like a system of transnational welfare outreach, bringing millions of fiscally dependent individuals into the U.S. This policy needs to be changed. U.S. immigration policy should encourage high-skill immigration and strictly limit low-skill immigration. In general, government policy should limit immigration to those who will be net fiscal contributors, avoiding those who will increase poverty and impose new costs on overburdened U.S. taxpayers.”

Co-written with Robert Rector, “The Fiscal Cost of Unlawful Immigrants and Amnesty to the U.S. Taxpayer,”, May 6, 2013

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Policy Analyst in Empirical Studies, Center for Data Analysis at the Heritage Foundation, Mar. 2010-May 2013
  • Dissertation Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
  • Recipient, American University CAS [College of Arts and Sciences] Research Award, 2003
  • PhD, Public Policy, Harvard University, 2009
  • BS, Mathematics, American University, 2004
  • BA, Political Science, American University, 2004
  • Jason Richwine resigned from the Heritage Foundation on May 10, 2013 after the publication of a controversial report, “The Fiscal Cost of Unlawful Immigrants and Amnesty to the U.S. Taxpayer,” co-authored with Robert Rector, on the cost of amnesty programs that also mentioned basing immigration policy on immigrants’ IQ.
Quoted in:
  1. Do Undocumented Immigrants Pay Their "Fair Share" of Taxes?
  2. Is Illegal Immigration an Economic Burden to America?