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.
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.