Heritage Foundation and conservatives for immigration reform trade barbs

Matt K. Lewis Senior Contributor
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Yesterday, conservative panelists on a conference call organized by American’s for Tax Reform (ATR), took turns slamming a new immigration reform report released by the Heritage Foundation.

In case you missed it, Jennifer Rubin has the blow-by-blow of the insults and concern trolling that came from representatives of ATR, Cato, and others, including Jack Kemp’s son, Jimmy. But Rubin did miss one quote of note from former O.M.B. director and McCain economic advisor Doug Holtz-Eakin, who said it was just the old 2007 Heritage study, “rolled out with a nice new sticker on it that says, ‘under new management.'”

In fact, Heritage is calling the new report, “an updated study” of the 2007 report. And speaking of the “new management,” Holtz-Eakin was, of course, referring to new Heritage boss Jim DeMint. At another point, Holtz-Eakin said, “Mr. DeMint communicates with me through press conferences.”

Not one to shy away from a fight, DeMint is prominently featured in Heritage’s latest video, attacking the economic impact of immigration reform:

In addition, at Noon today, Robert Rector, the author of the study, will address Heritage’s blogger briefing. You can watch it here.

Matt K. Lewis