Florida Republican Introduces First of GOP’s Election Year Amnesty Bills

After months of Republicans knocking around amnesty proposals without producing any language, freshman Rep. David Rivera (R-FL) introduced his own version of the DREAM Act last week.

Rep. Rivera’s “Studying Towards Adjusted Residency Act” (STARS) Act, H.R. 5869 — like all versions of the DREAM Act — grants amnesty to illegal aliens who claim they came to the U.S. as minors. The STARS Act accomplishes this by first granting “conditional” nonimmigrant status to illegal alien minors up to the age of 19 who have:

(1) entered the U.S. before the age of 16;
(2) lived in the U.S. for five years upon enactment;
(3) attained high school diploma or GED; and
(4) been accepted to an accredited four-year institution of higher education.

Proponents of the bill claim it contains strict requirements; however it is filled with the same loopholes that define all DREAM Act amnesties. The bill gives the Secretary of Homeland Security broad authority to waive requirements and allows illegal aliens with up to two misdemeanor convictions to be eligible for amnesty. Ultimately, the effect of Rivera’s bill is the same as all amnesties: it rewards law breaking, incentivizes future illegal immigration, and welcomes chain migration.

Another Florida Republican hit the airwaves promoting his enigmatic DREAM Act over the weekend. In two separate Fox News appearances, freshman Senator Marco Rubio once again danced around the details of his amnesty legislation. We expect Rubio to introduce his GOP DREAM Act sometime this month.

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  1. avatar

    I must admit I was disappointed with Roger Hedgecock today. He interviewed a conservative Hispanic from Nevada, and a member of CORE who admitted that while the economy is the #1 issue for Hispanics, spouted the same talking points about immigration issues after Roger asked them about this. For example, “we can’t deport 12 million illegal immigrants” and we have to be more “compassionate” etc.

    Although Roger asked them about E-Verify, he basically lobbed softballs with no follow ups. For example, Roger agreed with them that we can’t deport 12 million people, and then didn’t ask them about the attrition strategy, and didn’t state that we are already extremely “compassionate” when it comes to immigration issues.

    I’m of course not saying Hedgecock should have been confrontational about this, but he let them get away with pro-amnesty talking points about “comprehensive immigration reform” that we hear from the left, La Raza and now these so-called (ethnic) conservative groups all the time.

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    Neither party is going to say or do anything about ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION in an election year.
    As I understand it if you do anything to help a person commit a crime, or help them to avoid prosecution it’s called Aiding abetting which is a felony. So shouldn’t that mean any politician that supports the Dream Act or in Any way helps any Illegal to enter this County should go to jail?
    The sad thing is the whole thing is all about votes, they don’t give a darn about the people just their vote.

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    No more Hispanic names writing Bills to let illegal aliens, and illegal immigrants come, and live off the American tax payers. I don’t need to see or hear that some member of the Congress or Senate wants to do their relatives back in the old country a pathway to this country. We have an immigration system let it work the right way, and tear the heart out of the illegal immigrants.

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    Rose boyter on

    I have a better idea. We are overpopulated; not enough jobs for Americans less alone for illegals. For every illegal that sneaks into our country, we should send a jailbird to replace illegals in their country. In that way it would be tit for tat; our population will stay the same and their countries will be overpopulated. I would like to see what they would do under those circumstances.

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    If granted amnesty, which is exactly what this is, then they can become citizens. If they become citizens then they can petition for other members of their families to come to this country to live legally. Where does it end? We already have millions of REAL citizens out of work. Do we truly need to add to the unemoloyment rolls? Not IMO!

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      What we have in congress is GIRLY MEN . All the other people in the world has to take a back seat to get to the U.S.A. We need jobs for our citizens now. Where are the jobs for the ones coming in? Tell them to pick a number and wait. We can use chain gangs for the illegals. Then After a year, send them packing.

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    Illegal is still illegal no matter who says it. Coming into this country illegally is supuposed to be against the law. Politicians just can’t seem to get a handle on laws that may cost them a vote. The law is the law. Stick to it! Americans can’t just go off to any country of their choice by sneaking in illegally and get away with it. Why do we put up with it. One word – politicians.

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      Here’s just a few of Mexico’s laws?
      (a.k.a. General Law on Population)
      Mexico’s Immigration Law
      (General Law on Population)

      • Mexico welcomes only foreigners who will be useful to Mexican society:
      – Foreigners are admitted into Mexico “according to their possibilities of contributing to national progress.” (Article 32)
      – Immigration officials must “ensure” that “immigrants will be useful elements for the country and that they have the necessary funds for their sustenance” and for their dependents. (Article 34)
      – Foreigners may be barred from the country if their presence upsets “the equilibrium of the national demographics,” when foreigners are deemed detrimental to “economic or national interests,” when they do not behave like good citizens in their own country, when they have broken Mexican laws, and when “they are not found to be physically or mentally healthy.” (Article 37)
      – The Secretary of Governance may “suspend or prohibit the admission of foreigners when he determines it to be in the national interest.” (Article 38)
      • Mexican authorities must keep track of every single person in the country:
      – Federal, local and municipal police must cooperate with federal immigration authorities upon request, i.e., to assist in the arrests of illegal immigrants. (Article 73)
      – A National Population Registry keeps track of “every single individual who comprises the population of the country,” and verifies each individual’s identity. (Articles 85 and 86)
      – A national Catalog of Foreigners tracks foreign tourists and immigrants (Article 87), and assigns each individual with a unique tracking number (Article 91).

      • Foreigners with fake papers, or who enter the country under false pretenses, may be imprisoned:
      – Foreigners with fake immigration papers may be fined or imprisoned. (Article 116)
      – Foreigners who sign government documents “with a signature that is false or different from that which he normally uses” are subject to fine and imprisonment. (Article 116)

      • Foreigners who fail to obey the rules will be fined, deported, and/or imprisoned as felons:
      – Foreigners who fail to obey a deportation order are to be punished. (Article 117)
      – Foreigners who are deported from Mexico and attempt to re-enter the country without authorization can be imprisoned for up to 10 years. (Article 118)
      – Foreigners who violate the terms of their visa may be sentenced to up to six years in prison (Articles 119, 120 and 121). Foreigners who misrepresent the terms of their visa while in Mexico — such as working with out a permit — can also be imprisoned.

      • Under Mexican law, illegal immigration is a felony. The General Law on Population says,
      – “A penalty of up to two years in prison and a fine of three hundred to five thousand pesos will be imposed on the foreigner who enters the country illegally.” (Article 123)
      – Foreigners with legal immigration problems may be deported from Mexico instead of being imprisoned. (Article 125)
      – Foreigners who “attempt against national sovereignty or security” will be deported. (Article 126)

      • Mexicans who help illegal aliens enter the country are themselves considered criminals under the law:
      – A Mexican who marries a foreigner with the sole objective of helping the foreigner live in the country is subject to up to five years in prison. (Article 127)
      – Shipping and airline companies that bring undocumented foreigners into Mexico will be fined. (Article 132)


      Mexico’s Constitution
      (English translation)

      • The Mexican constitution expressly forbids non-citizens to participate in the country’s political life.
      Non-citizens are forbidden to participate in demonstrations or express opinions in public about domestic politics. Article 9 states, “only citizens of the Republic may do so to take part in the political affairs of the country.” Article 33 is unambiguous: “Foreigners may not in any way participate in the political affairs of the country.”

      • The Mexican constitution denies fundamental property rights to foreigners.
      If foreigners wish to have certain property rights, they must renounce the protection of their own governments or risk confiscation. Foreigners are forbidden to own land in Mexico within 100 kilometers of land borders or within 50 kilometers of the coast.

      Article 27 states, “Only Mexicans by birth or naturalization and Mexican companies have the right to acquire ownership of lands, waters, and their appurtenances, or to obtain concessions for the exploitation of mines or of waters. The State may grant the same right to foreigners, provided they agree before the Ministry of Foreign Relations to consider themselves as nationals in respect to such property, and bind themselves not to invoke the protection of their governments in matters relating thereto; under penalty, in case of noncompliance with this agreement, of forfeiture of the property acquired to the Nation. Under no circumstances may foreigners acquire direct ownership of lands or waters within a zone of one hundred kilometers along the frontiers and of fifty kilometers along the shores of the country.” (Emphasis added)

      • The Mexican constitution denies equal employment rights to immigrants, even legal
      ones, in the public sector.
      “Mexicans shall have priority over foreigners under equality of circumstances for all classes of concessions and for all employment, positions, or commissions of the Government in which the status of citizenship is not indispensable. In time of peace no foreigner can serve in the Army nor in the police or public security forces.” (Article 32)

      • The Mexican constitution guarantees that immigrants will never be treated as real Mexican citizens, even if they are legally naturalized.
      Article 32 bans foreigners, immigrants, and even naturalized citizens of Mexico from serving as military officers, Mexican-flagged ship and airline crew, and chiefs of seaports and airports:

      “In order to belong to the National Navy or the Air Force, and to discharge any office or commission, it is required to be a Mexican by birth. This same status is indispensable for captains, pilots, masters, engineers, mechanics, and in general, for all personnel of the crew of any vessel or airship protected by the Mexican merchant flag or insignia. It is also necessary to be Mexican by birth to discharge the position of captain of the port and all services of practique and airport commandant, as well as all functions of customs agent in the Republic.”

      • An immigrant who becomes a naturalized Mexican citizen can be stripped of his Mexican citizenship if he lives again in the country of his origin for more than five years, under Article 37. Mexican-born citizens risk no such loss.

      • Foreign-born, naturalized Mexican citizens may not become federal lawmakers (Article 55), cabinet secretaries (Article 91) or supreme court justices (Article 95).

      • The president of Mexico must be a Mexican citizen by birth AND his parents must also be Mexican-born citizens (Article 82), thus giving secondary status to Mexican-born citizens born of immigrants.

      • The Mexican constitution singles out “undesirable aliens.” Article 11 guarantees federal protection against “undesirable aliens resident in the country.”

      • The Mexican constitution provides the right of private individuals to make citizen’s arrests.
      Article 16 states, “in cases of flagrante delicto, any person may arrest the offender and his accomplices, turning them over without delay to the nearest authorities.” Therefore, the Mexican constitution appears to grant Mexican citizens the right to arrest illegal aliens and hand them over to police for prosecution.

      • The Mexican constitution states that foreigners may be expelled for any reason and without due process.
      According to Article 33, “the Federal Executive shall have the exclusive power to compel any foreigner whose remaining he may deem inexpedient to abandon the national territory immediately and without the necessity of previous legal action.”

      No wonder they are aided by their government to help them break the laws of our country to bring back remittance money to sustain their own country;s economy! They help anyone who has enough money to pay them to cross their country and sneak into ours!With fake papers to anyone who wants to pay the price.It’s not just the Es panics but many other foreigners
      Now they have been exposed for the defrauding our government with the tax refund,where they have been using the child credit exemption claiming children and nephews and cousins as dependents and they are still living in Mexico.Waiting to see what our government will do about this?There’s so much that has been siphoned out of this country for illegal aliens? This tax Fraud is just the tip of the spear?

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    I said my piece. It is unconstitutional to allow just anyone into the citizenship of this country, America. I cannot believe that a country so out of shape from all the squaller that exist in Mexico, can contribute one damn thing to the economy of America. The Mexicans can, however, give us the poorest labor, cheapest products,and vice-versa, but they will never be able to rise to the real standards of “Made IN The US of A., which by the way, has indeed become extinct due to cheap labor and our production lines are silent because of what we could have made “all went South and over seas”. Which , of course, went our “stimulus money” Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,ha. Boy, ain’t this the greatest time to be born, to be living to see the “RUGS” being snatched out from under all of us. And all in the name of good government.

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    I would say that whom ever is advising the GOP regarding these amnesty bills had better open the eyes and get a clue. We DO NOT need nor do we want any form of amnesty, no mater how it’s presented. Bush tried this crap, Juan McCain tried the same thing along with his liberal bubbly Ted Kennedy and it was over overwhelmingly rejected by the American People. As a Registered Independent, I will NOT support Romney if he chooses Rubio to be his VP.. These guys are committing political suicide.

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    Euro-American on

    I think that all of the folks with FAIR should send a letter to Mitt Romney stating that we will not vote for him if he chooses Rubio for VP or if he supports any form of the Dream Act submitted by anyone.

    Let him see that the Tea Party is not the only group that has the power to sway elections. We have a few members too!

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    Cecilio Mendez on

    I propose this two new projects: The Basic Understanding of Law and Liberty (BULL) and the Secure Homeland Treaty Initiative (****). These two project will be presented after all ILLEGAL immigrants are accounted for.

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    Here we go again! When are they going to learn that we already have laws on the books to deal with immigration, and none of them state that one can just come into our country illegally and expect to become a citizen. DEAL with the problem, and not by just granting amnesty.

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    What some politicians do not seem to understand is that the majority of Americans keep telling them there should be no talk about amnesty until the borders are secured. NO AMNESTY UNTIL THE BORDERS ARE SECURED!!!

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      No amnesty PERIOD, even after the borders are “secured.”

      Attrition through enforcement, which will reduce the illegal population over time, is the way to deal with the illegal aliens here, not amnesty as you mistakenly say!

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      Tired of Illegal Aliens on

      No amnesty period! And the majority of Americans share my view; not yours. Americans are in favor of attrition thru enforcement and passage of mandatory E-Verify (Rep. Lamar Smith’s HR 2885)…

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    The National Journal reported on June 6 that the Senate Democrats “see no possible avenues” for moving forward “immigration proposals” (Senate Stalls on Dream Act, Other Measures). Why on earth is Rubio planning on peddling his version of the misnamed “”Dream Act” amnesty, in light of this development and the terrible jobs report that came out just last week?? And in the context of no nationwide E-Verify and Obama gutting almost all effective enforcement against illegal aliens?! His amnesty scheme will not influence many Hispanics, will not convince independents, and will enrage a good chunk of the GOP base.

    It’s obvious some in the GOP have learned little since the Bush/Kennedy amnesty scheme was defeated by the American people in June 2007, and the Dream act amnesty was beaten in the lame duck in 2010.