In his dissertation, “IQ and Immigration Policy,” Jason Richwine, a member of the Heritage Foundation think tank, asserts that the average IQ of immigrants in the United States is substantially lower than that of the Caucasian native population. Richwine presented an IQ selection lottery, or “skilled based” lottery, as a solution to an increase in economically harmful immigrants.
“I believe there is a strong case for IQ selection,” Richwine wrote, “since it is theoretically a win-win for the U.S. and potential immigrants.”
Richwine believes that allowing low IQ immigrants into the country is socially and economically harmful. Underclass behavior, less social trust, and an increase of unskilled workers in the labor market top his lists of concerns.
Instead, Richwine suggests that a “skill based” or intelligence based visa would be more lucrative than a diversity visa, which is the idea of the current immigration lottery. Rather than choosing a random selection of individuals, the “skill based” policy would increase the skilled workforce, reunite families, and further other humanitarian goals.
“The legal immigration system should be altered to greatly reduce the number of low-skill immigrants entering the country and increase the number of new entrants with high levels of education and skills that are in demand by U.S. firms,” wrote Richwine.
The Heritage Foundation has consistently supported encouraging high-skilled immigration and limiting low-skilled immigration.