Duo calls for ‘humane’ immigrant solution

Duo calls for ‘humane’ immigrant solution – Full Story
Oct. 9, 2007, 11:36PM
Duo calls for ‘humane’ immigrant solution
Rice economist and Mexican energy consultant say issuing work permits for up to 6 years could avoid ‘nightmare’ of forced removals

By JAMES PINKERTON
Copyright 2007 Houston Chronicle

A Rice university economist and a Mexican energy consultant on Tuesday proposed a ”humane and rational” immigration overhaul, requiring the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants to return home but allowing them to first work legally for up to six years.
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Forced deportation of millions of people would be a ”humanitarian nightmare” akin to the Holocaust and cost an estimated $92 billion, said Brito, a scholar with the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice.

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