On Wednesday 30th March Rep. David Rivera Republican congressman introduced alternative DREAM act called as Studying Towards Residency Status Act (STARS). This Act will offer a chance for the illegal immigrants to obtain non-immigrant status for five years only under certain criteria. Criteria includes they must have entered US before 16 years of age, lived in the country for at least 5 years, obtained high school diploma and also in higher learning institution.
The bill is meant as an alternative to Sen. Dick Durbin’s (D-Ill.) Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which provides a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants provided they have demonstrated good moral character and are working toward completing a degree at a college or university or serving in the military. Sen. Marco Rubio, a fellow Florida Republican who is friends with Rivera, plans on introducing an alternative to Durbin’s bill by the end of the summer.
Marco Rubio’s bill would provide non-immigrant visas to the illegal immigrants who either serve in the military or attend college. But Dick Durbin’s (D-III) will not give any way to obtain Citizenship.
“Congressman Rivera has had discussion about the STARS Act with Sen. Rubio, but the congressman recognizes that the House and Senate each have their own legislative process,” the aide said. “The STARS Act is meant to start the conversation in the House of Representatives in the hopes of achieving some sort of immigration reform in the 112th Congress.”
Democrats have expressed to pass some kind of immigration reform legislation but the many will oppose views in granting the citizenship. Mitt Romney has said, if elected as The President he would veto Durbin’s DREAM Act.