Tuesday, May 14, 2013

RNC Head of Latino Outreach in Florida Resigns over Heritage Foundation Study

ImmigrationProf recently reported on a controversial recent study on immigration by the from the Heritage Foundation criticizing the cost of the congressional immigration reform bill.  The study's author, Jason Richwine, had written wrote in his dissertation:

"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."

He left the Foundation after release of the study.

Here is the latest.  Pablo Pantoja, the Republican National Committee's head of Latino outreach in Florida, wrote in a letter Monday that, because of the study and its author's past racist writing, he felt the GOP was too steeped in intolerance for him to remain a member.  On Richwine's dissertation, he wrote:

"Although the organization distanced themselves from those assertions, other immigration-related research is still padded with the same racist and eugenics-based innuendo. Some Republican leaders have blandly (if at all) denied and distanced themselves from this but it doesn’t take away from the culture within the ranks of intolerance. The pseudo-apologies appear to be a quick fix to deep-rooted issues in the Republican Party in hopes that it will soon pass and be forgotten."

Pantoja repoertedly switched over to the Democratic Party and made a contribution to the ACLU, "for the efforts in helping protect the rights of immigrants and civil liberties in general."

KJ

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