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Evangelical Leader: "Possible Bias" In Heritage Foundation Immigration Report

Reverend Sammy Rodriguez, one of the key leading conservative evangelical leaders pushing for immigration reform says there very well could be “possible bias” by one of the authors of a Heritage Foundation report that places the cost of immigration reform at a whopping 6.3 trillion dollars.

Here is what Rodriguez told The Brody File when asked why evangelicals would embrace an immigration bill that may end up having a huge price tag like the Heritage Foundation points out.

"As Christians and as Americans, we stand committed to an immigration solution that does not exacerbate the current debt crisis. Quite the contrary. Our objective is to unleash both the productive capacity and additional revenue stream embedded in a community that already contributes to both the spiritual and economic health of our nation. Accordingly and with great due deference to the Heritage Foundation, we believe the methodology engaged in this study can best be deemed as flawed.

In addition, the recent revelations stemming from the dissertation of one of the study authors places in question the guiding optics and possible bias directed towards the immigrant community. Heritage does fine work on many areas. On this matter however, the foundation's conclusion contradicts the findings from an overwhelming amount of studies substantiating the value added benefits of comprehensive immigration reform. Immigrants are some of the hardest working people in America who stand poised to enrich our economy in a significant manner. "

Rodriguez is referring to Jason Richwine, a “senior policy analyst” at Heritage who authored part of the report. When he earned his Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University in 2009, his dissertation was titled, “IQ and Immigration Policy” and concluded that, “The average IQ of immigrants in the United States is substantially lower than that of the white native population, and the difference is likely to persist over several generations.” More here. Of course the Heritage Foundation says the report isn't bias at all and Richwine's Harvard dissertation has nothing to do with the Heritage report.

Putting aside for the moment of a “possible bias” angle, this whole immigration debate is an interesting one for evangelicals to consider. You have the biblical command for compassion on the one hand and the immorality of huge debt on the other. Evangelicals are going to need to be engaged thoroughly on this issue and work through it as they explore all the facts.

Print     Email to a Friend    posted on Friday, May 10, 2013 12:58 PM

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# RE: Evangelical Leader: "Possible Bias" In Heritage Foundation Immigration Report

I've been reading thi bill also.A big concern I have,[where is it written that so called anchor babies will not be given citizenship automatically.Babies born in the US today are given citizenship.There are women who come to the US to have there babies so their babies will be US citizens.There are homes in California which became places for these women to give birth at.These women would then go back to their own countries.I believe these homes have been shut down as of to day. But breaking our laws have become habit with to many. In this[Immigration bill} needs to be in plain wording there will be no more illegals given citizenship or a way to citizenship form this bill forward. We have a legal immigration system and it will be the only way into our country to become a US citizen. Security on every section of our borders will be covered, not just a few areas.We protect all our country. Margareto
Left by Margareto on May 10, 2013 3:59 PM

# RE: Evangelical Leader: "Possible Bias" In Heritage Foundation Immigration Report

If the government would stop giving our money to the Iraq President, the MBH in Egypt along with money to Pakistan we could afford to take care of the reformed immigration policy. Our money is being mis managed. We have to secure the boarders first before any benefits can be handed out.
Left by KellieC on May 10, 2013 6:55 PM

# RE: Evangelical Leader: "Possible Bias" In Heritage Foundation Immigration Report

The logic that says the Christian principle of compassion requires the reward of permanent status and even citizenship for illegal aliens would also require non-punishment for lawbreakers of all sorts. Why stop with foreign lawbreakers? In fact stopping with them would be showing partiality.

These ivory tower Christian spokesmen who advance these notions have said in so many words it is "unjust" for the US to have immigration laws instead of open borders. In seven years of this issue I have yet to hear a cogent argument for amnesty.
Left by conceptualclarity on May 11, 2013 3:07 PM