Jason Richwine, who came under fire this week when videos from 2008 and a dissertation from 2009 surfaced, which included controversial comments on Hispanic immigrants having low-IQ’s, has resigned from The Heritage Foundation.
“Jason Richwine let us know he’s decided to resign from his position. He’s no longer employed by Heritage. It is our long-standing policy not to discuss internal personnel matters,” The Heritage Foundation wrote in a statement given to NBC Latino.
Richwine’s comments, which included the belief that Hispanics and blacks were “inassimilable” as compared to past Irish and Sicilian immigrants, were amplified because he was a co-author on a controversial immigration study by The Heritage Foundation.
NBC Latino reached out repeatedly to Richwine and did not receive a response.
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The study calculated the cost of a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants as $6.3 trillion. The study was dismissed by many across the political spectrum including Florida Senator Marco Rubio and prominent conservative organizations, who questioned the methodology used to calculate the cost.
The Heritage Foundation took to its blog to distance itself and its study from the theories espoused by Richwine.
It said the dissertation was “not a work product of The Heritage Foundation” and “its findings do not reflect the positions of The Heritage Foundation or the conclusions of our study on the cost of amnesty to U.S. taxpayers, as race and ethnicity are not part of Heritage immigration policy recommendations.”
Latino organizations including The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) blasted Richwine for his dissertation.
Kica Matos, director of Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice at the Center for Community Change, doesn’t think the issue ends with Richwine’s resignation.
“This resignation is far too little and too late. The time to remedy this racist and lie-filled report was long before it was issued,” she said.
“The leadership of the Heritage Foundation made an intentional choice to use the research of a white supremacist and to issue a report that obviously portrayed immigrants in an unfair, inaccurate and bigoted light. It is the leadership of the Heritage Foundation and Jim DeMint himself who should be held accountable. Jim DeMint should resign,” added Matos.