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David Rivera introduces immigration bill with Daniela Pelaez


Rep. David Rivera, R-Miami, is proposing an alternative plan to the DREAM Act, the legislation that allows kids who came to this country with their parents illegally to stay in the United States under certain conditions.

Rivera introduced his bill this week, and was joined Wednesday by Daniela Pelaez, the 18-year-old North Miami High School valedictorian who was threatened with deportation. Pelaez's lawyer, Nera Shefer, and her sister, Dayana, also attended the press conference for what's known as the Studying Towards Adjusted Residency Status -- or STARS Act. 

Rivera has already introduced legislation to allow young, undocumented immigrants who came to this country through no fault of their own to stay in the U.S. if they serve in the military; the STARS Act would allow kids who are going to college to stay in the country.

The bill's prospects are unclear. Rivera was recently cleared of a state inquiry but still faces FBI and IRS probes -- which makes him an awkward ally for other House members interested in immigration reform.

He also must get the blessing of Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Smith has said previously he wouldn't hear the DREAM Act in his committee. Rivera said Smith hasn't said yes, but he also "has not told me 'no.'"

Here's Rivera's description of the proposal: "The bill will allow undocumented immigrants who are 19 years of age or younger, or 21 years of age or younger and have been granted voluntary departure, arrived in the United States before the age of 16, and have maintained residence in the United States for at least the previous five consecutive years, the opportunity to adjust their residency status if they achieve a degree from an accredited four year institution of higher education and meet certain other criteria."

Like a similar as-yet-unfiled idea, from fellow Florida Republican, Sen. Marco Rubio, it does not put the students on a path to citizenship. They wouldn't be eligible to start that process until they have completed their college degree.

Pelaez, who is going to Dartmouth College in the fall, met with Smith herself to persuade him to consider the bill. She and her sister have started a foundation to help boost efforts to get legislation passed that benefits young people like themselves. And she's hopeful other kids will benefit from their efforts: "A couple months ago, I was going to get deported," she said. "And look where I am today."


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joe blow

Palaez family had to pay David Rivera's mother $25K for him to submit the bill.
If it gets out of committee, they have to pay David's girlfriend Esther Neufer $25K.
If it goes to a vote before the house, David's godmother get's $25K.
Where do these illegal aliens get all this money to pay off Rivera, his mom, stepmom and girlfriend?

Delaware Bob

The DREAM Act is amnesty, and that is why I was always against the DREAM Act, but, I’ll give in to the DREAM Act under two conditions. First, the parents who bought their illegal alien children here illegally MUST be deported. Second, the parents can NEVER return to this country and the student can NEVER sponsor them or any other family member that would start a chain migration. The student will start the DREAM Act as soon as the parents are deported or leave. This, I believe, is a good compromise. The students will be rewarded for something that was not their fault and the parents will pay for their crime of entering this country illegally and putting their child in this position. If you do not like this compromise, then the parents can just take their children back to the country from which they came. AGREE? If not, let all of them pack their bags and get the hell out of this country. They DO NOT belong here.

Illegal immigration is a cancer, it has to be eradicated not tolerated.


Dream act will pass soon.these bright students deserve a chance

Julio Perez

David Rivera is a CROOK. He is no better than Fidel Castro

Ben Roko

@ Delaware Bob....did your forefather came to the US legally???

D Watson

Call it Rivera's STARS Act or Rubio's KINDA A DREAM ACT......either one is creation of SECOND CLASS AMERICANS.......I call it bigotry!


The parents of these Dream act kids are criminals. They knew exactly what they were doing when they smuggled their kids into our country and they knew it was wrong. Now they think they can play us for suckers with their sweet little innocent act. If we give into this emotional blackmail then it will just motivate more parents to smuggle more kids. It cannot be tolerated. Throw these parasites and their whole family OUT of our country. Also confiscate all their family property to compensate us for the tax money wasted on their education. What of bunch of subhuman criminals.


Delaware Bob - what is the cause of illegal immigration?


It is sad to see a nation that was BUILT ON IMMIGRATION AND DIVERSITY also espew such HATE AND RACIST DOCTRINE!!..Deleware bob did the native tribes give your fore fathers permission to land on their shores?? Go back and read your history books and before you start preaching anti-immigrant hate remember this nation was created through "illegal" immigration.


this isn't the same as legal immigration. illegals came here illegally. they can't claim to be legal or normal immigrants. they didn't apply or wait in line like many thousands of others, many of whom are waiting right now. doesn't the united states, which is a nation dedicated to immigration, have a right to pick and choose who they want, or to block people that are criminals or undesirable? don't we have a right to control the border while still embracing legal immigration? a country with an open border does not have a border does not have control perhaps isn't even a country. there are Indians and Brazilians with technology skills, Asians and Europeans with engineering skills, Irish and Mexican medical researchers that i would rather have (rather pick) over the illegals who cross the border at night and then do lawn maintenance, McDonalds workers, or work in the underground economy getting paid below the minimum wage.

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