Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Rubén Hinojosa (D-Texas) attacked the Heritage Foundation’s immigration study on Wednesday, calling it “ugly racism and xenophobia dressed up in economic hyperbole.”

The statement came in response to reports that one of the study’s authors wrote a dissertation warning of the lower intellectual capacity of immigrants and arguing for “IQ selection” in U.S. policy.

“[Study co-author] Jason Richwine’s comments and general world view are a mark against the conservative community and against all fruitful discussions that would lead to comprehensive, bipartisan immigration reform,” Hinojosa said in a statement.

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