Hunter, Murtha, and Tancredo Agree on SAVE Act

The Secure America with Verification and Enforcement (SAVE) Act is unveiled today in the House as a new solution to illegal immigration.

Republican Brian Bilbray and Democrat Heath Shuler introduced the bill, which has already got some big names attached, including Republican presidential candidate Duncan Hunter, John “Slanderer” Murtha, and Tom “Immigrants!? Don’t let them touch you!” Tancredo.

One of the more controversial provisions would make the so-called E-Verify program mandatory, a move that raises major concerns with industry officials.Proponents of the E-Verify program say it allows employers an inexpensive way to ensure they are hiring legally documented workers. They maintain that the program has been successful, but is only being used by a small percentage of employers.

The Shuler-Bilbray bill would also close existing loopholes that allow illegal immigrants to use the same Social Security number and will require information-sharing between the Department of Homeland Security, the Social Security Administration and the IRS.

In order to increase border security, the bill seeks to provide an 8,000-agent increase for the U.S. Border Patrol and an expansion of the investigative abilities of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

So far, neither Democratic nor Republican leadership have endorsed the bill. The Democrats don’t want to see enforcement increases. The Republicans are waiting to see how much fuss gets put up by business.


~ by Gabriel Malor on November 6, 2007.

3 Responses to “Hunter, Murtha, and Tancredo Agree on SAVE Act”

  1. Just a few of the features of this Bill include:

    8000 more Border Patrol agents

    More Judges, courts, and detention centers.

    Border fencing and vehicle barriers (where needed), and all-weather surveillance roads in conjunction with high tech surveillance equipment including satellite surveillance, infra red, and seismic detection. It requires construction along the border to take into account environmental and private land use needs.

    Requires development of a national strategy to secure the borders and all ports of entry to the United States by December 31, 2010.

    This Bill even has accountable and transparent financing of the effort built into it giving power of oversight to the Comptroller and Inspector Generals to keep Congress appraised.

    This bill is going to receive some stiff opposition from organizations like LULAC and LaRaza, and incumbent Democrats beholding to the illegal immigrant population communities, and incumbent Republicans beholding to employers pressing for cheap illegal labor. They will try to fight this Bill. This SAVE Act offers the Independent voters in America the first real opportunity to flex their newfound muscle by supporting this Bill and pressing their representatives to vote for this legislation.

    Call your congressman today and ask him / her to co-sponsor the Save Act HR 4088.

    Let’s take our country back !

  2. Supporters of the SAVE Act include:

    More than 100 Republican and Democrat co-sponsors, including nearly all of the hard-line Republican opponents of illegal immigration and 15 Democratic House committee chairmen.

    The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), which represents more than 600,000 small businesses in every state. NFIB endorsement said that H.R. 4088 strikes a “fair balance between increased enforcement and limiting regulatory burdens placed on small businesses.”

    The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), which represents more than 725,000 American workers. IBEW endorsed the H.R. 4088 because it focuses on denying “entry of all unauthorized immigrants into the United States by securing its border to the maximum extent possible without compromising constitutionally guaranteed personal and civil liberties.” The IBEW went on to say that “mass unregulated immigration into the United States creates unfair wages competition, which is detrimental to the best interests of U.S. citizens and legal residents…”

    The National Association of Police Organizations, which represents more than 2,000 police unions and associations, 238,000 sworn law enforcement officers, 11,000 retired officers and more than 100,000 citizens who share a common dedication to fair and effective crime control and law enforcement.

  3. […] first wrote about the SAVE Act in November when, to my amazement, freshman congressman managed to pull together an immigration enforcement […]

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