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Controversial Heritage immigration study co-author resigns

Heritage Foundation analyst Jason Richwine, the co-author of a study claiming the immigration reform bill would cost over $6 trillion, resigned after it was discovered he wrote articles for a nationalist website.

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>>> oh, what a week of right-wing politics this has been. especially for the heritage foundation . the weekends when organizations release bad news on a friday with the hope we'll all just forget it over the weekend. the heritage foundation today accepted the resignation of jason ridgewine. he is the co-author of the now infamous heritage study which kicked off this week to great fanfare, a post that argued a reform bill would cost a whopping $6.3 trillion. from the words of ridgewine, it represents the fiscal costs of house holds after amnesty. the heritage foundation thought the study could sink the heritage bill, that is, until republicans who supported the bill summarily conducted the study calling it politically and wild ld overblown, but it turned out the most controversial thing about the study wasn't the number, it was the past writings of the co-author of jason ridgewine. the wonkblog actually went back and pulled ridgewine's disser dissertation which said the average iq of immigrants in the united states is substantially lower than that of the white native population. it's a lack of socioeconomic assimilation among low- iq immigrant groups, more underclass behavior, less social trust, and nn kraan increase in the proportion of unskilled workers in the american labor market. he has decided that immigrants are just not as smart as whites, but the fact they will have both low- iq children and grandchildren is difficult to argue against. he wrote in 2010 for in an article entitled model minority, question mark , he pushed back the notion that they have pushed up the crime rate of hispanics . he said hispanics are substantially more likely than whites to commit serious crimes and u.s.-born hispanics in particular about two and a half times more likely. this discovery precipitated huge backlash by conservatives. but it was written that it's an unpleasant reminder that sincere opponents of reform should distance themselves. then there was this super-awkward exchange when heritage foundation mike gonzalez went on the radio yesterday to defend its study and its co-author ridgewine. are y

>> are you standing by the premise that hispanics have low iq ?

>> no, that's not our position.

>> so why is he an author in your study?

>> he did the number crunching , like he said.

>> so you have someone who is a racist, obviously, right, who is part of your study, you're accepting his work, therefore, you're accepting his intellectual framework, right?

>> we do not accept the work that he did before arriving here.

>> are you going to fire him or are you standing by him?

>> we really -- you know, i don't want to comment on that.

>> well, spoiler alert , if you had dvred this, jason ridgewhite is no longer employed by the heritage foundation . the senator of change came out and called on the head of heritage foundation to resign during the wake of this scandal. wait a second. the heritage foundation is a big organization, and it's not like demint has time to go around holding a press conference specifically supporting the study ridgeline co-authored.

>> we contend particularly after this study that amnesty is unfair to those who come here lawfully and those who are waiting. it will cost the american taxpayer trillions of dollars over the next several decades, and it will make our immigration problems worse.

>> your playing six degrees of white nationalist , that means you're getting to jim demint in just two steps.

>>> up next i'll talk to the leader of the group trying to make sure demint is the next person to tender his resignation, and we'll hear from someone who thinks the heritage foundation threw jim ridgewine under the bus. stay with us.