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December 21, 2007

Enforcement Bill Authors to Continue Co-Sponsor Recruitment

A new bill, the Secure America with Immigration and Enforcement, the "SAVE Act" (H.R. 4088), was introduced in November 2007 by Reps. Heath Shuler (D-NC) and Brian Bilbray (R-CA). A companion bill (S. 2368) has been introduced in the Senate by Sens. Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA). SAVE is steadily gaining momementum in both chambers and the official list of House and Senate co-sponsors has already grown to 113 and 2 respectively. The bill's sponsors are committed to generating more support before the new year.

The "SAVE Act" is an immigration enforcement-only package that, most notably, would dramatically expand the Basic Pilot electronic employment verification system. The Basic Pilot system is currently used by only 30,000 employers, but would expand to cover over 6 million employers in just four years - roughly a 20,000 percent increase. Beyond that, the bill seeks to increase the Border Patrol and spend more resources on the southern border, codify recently withdrawn DHS regulations related to the Social Security Administration "no match" letters, expand local police responsibilities to include immigration enforcement, and a number of other enforcement measures. Absent from the bill are any provisions that would address the more than 12 million people in the US without status.

Posted by VisaLawyer at December 21, 2007 06:41 AM

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