Republican pushes STARS instead of DREAM

A Republican alternative to the DREAM Act creates a path to citizenship for children brought illegally to the U.S. — if they complete a bachelor’s degree. But the STARS (Studying Towards Adjusted Residency Status) Act, introduced by Florida Rep. David Rivera, doesn’t have broad Republican support.

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  1. Deirdre Mundy says:

    I think it’s unfair to hinge it on a BA– as if that’s the only definition of productive citizen— what if they start a successful small business? Or join the military? Or enter a trade?

    And do we really need MORE BAs in this country? Won’t that just encourage ‘BA Mills’ which give the credential without imparting any knowledge or skills?

    • My thoughts exactly Dierdre. Does Rivera believe the 7 in 10 Americans without a BA are of lesser value as citizens? Is a young man or woman who starts his own business instead of going to college worth nothing to the United States? This is such a faulty dichotomy – that a BA equals citizenship. Where does a police officer or fireman or soldier or bank teller rank in his world?

    • what if they start a successful small business?

      I don’t think the country needs more food carts or even lunch trucks either.  The bar is set so low for these things that we cannot expect honesty in evaluation from our government workers.

      Repealing Plyler vs. Doe would make the problem go away.

  2. I agree with Deirdre. I’d rather have the Dream Act’s military requirement.

    • A companion bill to STARS called ARMS provides a military path to legal status and eventually citizenship. I agree that this is politically much more viable. I think more people could qualify for the military than would be able to complete a bachelor’s degree — even a watered-down bachelor’s.

  3. So an illegal alien runs a successful taco truck or gets a job at the meat cutting plant and we should give him amnesty? Idiotic.

    And if you make it a BA, it will just further downgrade the bachelor’s, as state universities will be under even greater pressure to pass illiterates to get them their green card.

    No, the only solution is to give them absolutely nothing.

  4. I think that there should be four ways to become a U.S. citizen: (1) Be born here, to at least one U.S. citizen parent; (2) go through the regular legal immigration process; (3) serve in the U.S. Armed Forces; or (4) if you were born here to both parents being illegal, and you get a BS/BA degree. Otherwise… Tough luck!