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 Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
"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," www.heritage.org, May 6, 2013
Experts Individuals with advanced degrees in fields relevant to immigration. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to immigration.
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
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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. A Washington Post "WonkBlog" blogger, Dylan Matthews, posted an article, "Heritage Study Co-Author Opposed Letting in Immigrants with Low IQs," on May 8, 2013, that linked the Heritage Foundation article to Richwine's dissertation, "IQ and the Immigration Policy," which argued that immigration policy should be set to disallow immigrants with lower IQs and suggested that Hispanic immigrants naturally have low IQs. Other news outlets picked up and expanded the story.
In response to the controversy, the Heritage Foundation disavowed the report to Dylan Matthews, stating "This is not a work product of The Heritage Foundation. Its findings in no way reflect the positions of The Heritage Foundation. Nor do the findings affect the conclusions of our study on the cost of amnesty to the U.S. taxpayer."
In reaction to the controversy, Richwine stated to Washington Examiner reporter Byron York on May 13, 2013 , "I don't apologize for any of the things that I said. But I do regret that I couldn't give more detail. And I also regret that I didn't think more about how the average lay person would perceive these things, as opposed to an academic audience."