Carson touts ‘humane and reasonable’ immigration plan
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“It sounds good to say, ‘I’m going to round them all up and put them in a bus and take them somewhere,’ ” Carson said at a rally in Orange City, Iowa, on Friday, according to the Des Moines Register.
“That sounds really good and gets you a lot of votes, but it’s not going to happen,” he added.
The retired neurosurgeon said exporting large numbers of workers in the country illegally — instead of providing other solutions like guest worker permits — would be devastating to labor-intensive industries.
“Farming industry would collapse and a lot of other things would collapse,” he said. “So we have to be practical.”
Although he did not mention any candidates by name, Carson’s criticisms appeared to be directed at no-compromise plans like the one offered by GOP primary front-runner Donald Trump.
Carson said he supports allowing a six-month window for certain undocumented workers to apply for guest worker permits.
The workers must already have a job and a clean police record, he said, and they would not be extended voting rights.
He also said he plans to secure the border and curtail benefits currently available to immigrants residing in the country illegally.