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.