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May 10, 2013 1

Jason Richwine Has Ties To More Extreme Elements of Anti-Immigrant Movement

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.jason-richwine

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.

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