First of all, the American labor market needs all kinds of immigrant labor, whether it’s a tech wunderkind or a strawberry picker. Secondly, if a group has “less social trust” and thinks of itself as an underclass it very likely has to do not with their IQ but with people like Richwine basically calling them drooling imbeciles.
Richwine also claims to hold the key to immigration reform, which has been under constant debate in Congress. He writes: “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.”
So his suggestion is that we can test each individual’s IQ and exclude those with low scores. “I believe there is a strong case for IQ selection, since it is theoretically a win-win for the U.S. and potential immigrants,” part of his paper reads.
Okay, so does this mean we can ship off those US-bred citizens who are dumb as rocks? You know, because we want to save our national IQ rate. We can think of a lot of people we wouldn’t mind parting with: drugged out Flava Flav, professional immigrant hater Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Oh, and definitely the cast of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo sans Alana (aka Honey Boo Boo), because she’s still only 7 and we have faith that her young life can still be turned around. What do you say, Richwine?
Or maybe the truly smart thing to do with all this is to use this paper to line birdcages. Because it’s already full of crap.
UPDATE: Richwine has resigned from the Heritage Foundation.