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Rush Limbaugh today defended a doctoral dissertation which proposed selecting immigrants based on their IQ since immigrants generally have lower IQs than the "native white population" of the United States.

Limbaugh referred to a USA Today story about one of the authors of a Heritage Foundation report that criticized the Senate's proposed immigration reform.

The story explained that in his 2009 doctoral thesis entitled "IQ and Immigration Policy," then Harvard student Jason Richwine explained that the relative lower intelligence of immigrants to the United States could be "ameliorated" by admitting just the smart ones:

"The consequences are a lack of socioeconomic assimilation among low-IQ immigrant groups, more underclass behavior, less social trust, and an increase in the proportion of unskilled workers in the American labor market.  Selecting high-IQ immigrants would ameliorate these problems in the U.S., while at the same time benefiting smart potential immigrants who lack educational access in their home countries."

The dissertation also claimed that "there are deep-set differentials in intelligence between races" and that "the totality of the evidence suggests a genetic component to group differences in IQ."

Richwine's recommendation that U.S. immigration policy become more selective is aimed at keeping out immigrants that we know will continue to bear generations of dummies:

"No one knows whether Hispanics will ever reach IQ parity with whites, but the prediction that new Hispanic immigrants will have low-IQ children and grandchildren is difficult to argue against."
On today's radio program, Rush Limbaugh noted that the USA Today story had not disputed the study's findings, and lamented the fact that in this "politically correct" era such data could not impact policy:
"One of the authors of a Heritage Foundation report...argued in his doctoral dissertation that immigrants generally have lower IQs than the native white population of the United States.  Uh-oh.  You see now the long knives are out for anybody at Heritage who had anything to do with this.


There is no argument in this piece about whether Dr. Richwine's argument is right.  Not even raised that question.  They are attempting to discredit Mr. Richwine and the Heritage report by pointing out that this guy in his doctoral dissertation suggested that immigrants to America have lower IQs than native Americans and that it's likely to persist over several generations and that it's something we ought to analyze and consider when coming up with immigration policy.  Now you're not supposed to bring stuff like that up.  You're just not supposed to talk about it.  That's not politically correct.  Even if it's true you are not supposed to bring it up.

They don't dispute that in the USA Today piece.  As far as I read they don't dispute that...If it's true shouldn't it have an impact?  Well, maybe in a different era, year, but not today.  It might have mattered policy-wise in a different era, but today no, you're not even supposed to talk about this.  In fact, the lower the IQ the more welcoming we are being to show how good we are and compassionate and understanding."


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