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House Republican Introduces DREAM Act Alternative

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David Rivera (R-FL) introduced the the Studying Towards Adjusted Residency Status Act, or Stars Act, today. The bill would apply to students who were entered the U.S. before age 16, got a high school diploma, have no criminal record and were accepted to a four-year college or university. They would get a five year visa to study and then if they graduate they would be able to adjust status to permanent residency and eventually pursue citizenship.


No word yet on whether Lamar Smith, the House Immigration Subcommittee Chairman, will allow the bill to be considered, but Congressman Rivera says that he has not gotten a no from the chairman yet.


It's not clear if Senator Rubio's bill in the Senate will look like Congressman Rivera's but kudos to this Congressman for taking the initiative to push the GOP back in to the realm of the reasonable on immigration with this proposal.

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  1. Jack's Avatar
    A graduation requirement? That ain't gonna fly.

    "accredited four year institution of higher education" needs to be defined, i.e., accredited by whom?

    And where is the part which will help prevent the situation from just happening over and over?


    "GOP back in to the realm of the reasonable on immigration"

    Are you implying that supporting rule of immigration law is somehow unreasonable? Accountability to law isn't just reasonable but essential to democratic society. Maybe coming back to the realm of reasonable would be to actually enforce the immigration law against the parents before their children have been in the public school systems for a decade or more as opposed to serial amnesty. Or if you are going to clean the slate with an amnesty, actually put something in place to prevent the situation from immediately happening again.
  2. JoeF's Avatar
    "accredited four year institution of higher education" needs to be defined, i.e., accredited by whom?"

    That is defined in the laws. There are six accreditation agencies recognized by the Department of Education.
    The same rules are used for H1 or GC applications. The degrees have to come from accredited institutions of higher education.
    Not surprisingly, Jack, you lack education about these things...
    May I suggest attending an accredited institution of higher education?
  3. Another Voice's Avatar
    If this gets off in the house, Rubio will introduce his version to look like a hero to Latinos before the election. That may prevent Obama to do something on his own.
  4. gg's Avatar
    Poor economy and job numbers have dimmed Democrat chances in November. As focus shifts to economy Romney is clearly the favorite. Where does this leave immigration reform ? Probably in the dustbin.
  5. JoeF's Avatar
    "Poor economy and job numbers have dimmed Democrat chances in November. As focus shifts to economy Romney is clearly the favorite."

    You put too much trust in daily poll numbers.
    It is a long way until November. Lots of stuff can happen until then, economy-wise, world-politics-wise, etc. etc.
    For example, if the economic numbers look better two months from now, all the day-to-day pollsters would predict doom for Romney. Take all these polls with a big dose of salt.
    These phone polls are unreliable and biased, anyway. I regularly get political "survey" calls on my landline, and I immediately hang up. Lots of people have cellphones only, and the pollsters avoid calling cells. Etc. etc.
  6. gg's Avatar
    @Joe F, Keep dreaming. Democrats had 4yrs to turn around the economy and they failed. What did not happen in 4yrs years will not happen in remaining 4 months. If this election is fought over the economy, Democrats are going bite the dust. Stop dreaming !!! Get real.
  7. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    gg, this election is also the incometent vs the bat$hit crazy. The incompetent might win in this setup.
  8. George Chell's Avatar
    All of you stop being experts on what you are not...ie., political science. Watch the average of approval rate for Obama in the Real Clear Politics polls and also watch the state by state polls. Those two will determine the elections. Economists cannot even forecast the economy. Do you guys really believe you can forecast the economy and the elections?
  9. gg's Avatar
    @GC, While you can keep dreaming and keep your eyes glued to RCP averages, there is open revolt in the liberal base - may i dare say "Open Change" and Pelosi is already distributing Hillary 2016 bumper stickers.
  10. JoeF's Avatar
    @gg: You may not be aware of it, but there is a two-term limit for presidents.
    So, the Dems certainly need somebody other than Obama in 2016...
  11. gg's Avatar
    @Joef - Sure there is a 2 term limit but unlike many on this blog i don't believe its guaranteed. You may not know this but there have been only two Democrat presidents who served two terms. Ha Ha ...
  12. George Chell's Avatar
    "While you can keep dreaming and keep your eyes glued to RCP averages, there is open revolt in the liberal base - may i dare say "Open Change" and Pelosi is already distributing Hillary 2016 bumper stickers."

    Note it is Hillary 2016 not Hillary 2012. Final poll numbers are always right. Watch for Walker to win in Wisconsin. And keep your eyes on job numbers. If it goes negative Obama is toast. If it stays where it is, Obama probably pulls it off. Will that help CIR?..no. We will not have much of any movement on immigration reform until the second half of the decade. Will we get skilled migration reform? Not until Rubio and McConnell decide to antagonize Charles "the Assinine" Grassley who is hell bent on sending jobs abroad and destroying our social security. One final not: if we have another Lehmann event, not only is Obama toast, but Romney will not get a second term as the economy will not recover till 2020...and you can forget any immigration reform....under those circumstances if we dont become like the UK it will be a miracle!
  13. gg's Avatar
    @gc "Note it is Hillary 2016 not Hillary 2012"

    Yes thats right, why should anyone talk about 2016 unless top Democrats have already written off 2012. Keep in mind Pelosi is no big Hillary fan, she was one of the few who opposed Hillary in 2008 right at the begining. Looks to me the Democrat base is getting very uneasy. Even their signature achievement "healthcare" is in serious trouble.
    Now the chants are "Yes we can't in the first term but we can "maybe" in the second ... ha ha ... "
  14. Another Voice's Avatar
    Broken and Obsolete
    By FAREED ZAKARIA

    http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2116713,00.html?xid=fblike
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