Update: As of May 10, 2013, Jason Richwine has resigned from his position as senior policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation.
Jason Richwine, a co-author of a major report on the alleged costs of immigration reform published this week by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank, has ties to the more extreme elements of the anti-immigrant movement. Richwine’s previous writings and statements also promote stereotypes about Hispanics.
Richwine is a regular attendee of the annual Writers Workshop event organized by The Social Contract Press (TSCP). TSCP is a publishing house founded by the racist John Tanton, the architect of the modern-day anti-immigrant movement.
This annual workshop often features racist speakers, including Peter Brimelow, the founder of the anti-immigrant website VDARE, and Wayne Lutton, editor of The Social Contract (TSC), a journal published by TSCP. Richwine spoke at the Writers Workshop in 2010 and 2012. At the 2010 conference he claimed to be an attendee “for a few years” and identified himself as “a restrictionist.” At the same event, Richwine participated in a debate with conservative author Ron Unz on the issue of white versus Hispanic crime rates. Richwine argued that the rate of crimes committed by Hispanics is much higher than that of whites.
In 2012, the same year Peter Brimelow addressed the event, Richwine talked about cultural differences between the European immigrants who came to the U.S. before the 1965 Immigration Act and the Hispanic immigrants who came to this country post-1965. He argued that when we talk about immigration “culture is the overriding concern.” Later in his speech, Richwine spoke about the differences in appearances between Hispanics and whites, claiming “Hispanic immigrants usually look distinctly non-white.” He said he did not “celebrate the fact that this should matter,” but added that “the reality is that subconsciously humans are a tribal species.”
He concluded his argument by claiming, “To me this is something that’s just a reality of human nature, that some groups of people are more culturally compatible than other groups of people is a reality of the human condition.”
In 2009, Steve Sailer, a long-time VDARE author with a history of making racist statements, highlighted an article by Richwine discussing the differences in IQ between Indian Americans, white Americans and Ashkenazi Jews. This not the first time Richwine has discussed IQ differences. According to a May 8, 2013 article in the Washington Post, Richwine has argued against allowing immigrants with lower IQs into the country.