Big score for pro-immigration elite
Some commenters have recently expressed the opinion that momentum may have been turning against the immigration “reform” bill (really amnesty for illegals plus MORE immigration).
But the pro-immigration elites pulled a rabbit out of their pocket. It turns out that Jason Richwine, one of the co-authors of the Heritage study I blogged about earlier this week, is racist.
As the NY Times article states:
“Immigrants living in the U.S. today do not have the same level of cognitive ability as natives,” wrote Dr. Richwine, who is a senior policy analyst at Heritage. “No one knows whether Hispanics will ever reach I.Q. parity with whites, but the prediction that new Hispanic immigrants will have low-I.Q. children and grandchildren is difficult to argue against.”
Richwine was right about the last clause; the NY Times doesn’t even bother to argue against the prediction. The NY Times doesn’t have to, because now that it is demonstrated that Richwine is racist, House Republicans will have to vote in favor of the immigration bill to prove that they are not racist.
I predicted immediately after Mitt Romney lost the election in November that there would be a collapse of Republican opposition to immigration:
I predict that Republicans will cling bitterly (to borrow from Obama) to their main positions of anti-abortion and tax cuts for the rich, which will prevent them from making any significant inroads among whites. Republicans will probably move left on two issues that they were always ambivalent about anyway: immigration and climate change. The climate change stuff will do some minor harm to the economy, but going soft on immigration will be catastrophic for Republicans by creating more Hispanic voters who will vote Democratic.
Also, I predict that Republicans will champion Marco Rubio as their next candidate.