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Rep. Heath Shuler Reintroduces Bi-Partisan SAVE Act

Rep. Heath Shuler

Rep. Heath Shuler

Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) reintroduced his comprehensive immigration enforcement legislation that would mandate E-Verify nationwide, strengthen border security, and improves interior enforcement. The SAVE Act (H.R. 2000) was introduced with 36 original co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle. This is the third consecutive Congress Rep. Shuler has introduced the legislation.

The SAVE Act would:

  • Within four years of enactment, all employers must verify employment eligibility for all employees through the E-Verify program, established as the Basic Pilot program in 1996:
    • Federal agencies, Federal contractors and subcontractors, and large employers with more than 250 employees must verify new hires within one year of enactment;
    • Employers with 100 or more employees must verify new hires within two years; and
    • Employers with 30 or more employees must verify new hires within three years.
    • Requires all employers to meet verification requirements on all employees within four years of enactment.
    • Provides a safe harbor against sanctions for employers who use the system in good faith.
    • Requires all employers to run their current employees through the E-Verify system
  • Requires the Commissioner of Social Security to notify each employer on an annual basis about employees with account numbers that do not match the employee's name or date of birth
  • Requires the Commissioner of Social Security to notify each individual if earnings from two or more employers are being reported under that person's Social Security number.
  • Requires a national strategy to secure the borders and all ports of entry.
  • At least 350 new ICE hires must be assigned to specifically investigate alien smuggling.
  • Authorizes a 50% funding increase over the FY07 budget to increase size, improve communication, upgrade technology, and allocate information rewards money.
  • Directs the DHS and Department of Defense (DoD) to establish a program for recruiting former members of the Armed Services and National Guard to join the Border Protection Service. Specifically recommends a $20,000 ($80,000 throughout employment) student loan repayment incentive and relocation/retention bonuses.
  • Allows border state Governors to declare a national border emergency and request up to 1000 additional border agents.
  • Increases the number of power boats and helicopters and requires at least one police-type vehicle for every four border agents. All vehicles must be equipped with safety glass, global positioning, and other protections.
  • Creates a virtual fence along borders comprised of UAVs, drones, cameras, poles, sensors, satellites, radar coverage, and other equipment.
  • Strengthens penalties against alien smugglers including imprisonment from 1 to 30 years depending on the type of offense; includes an exemption for religious institutions that authorize illegal aliens to serve as volunteer ministers or missionaries.
  • Authorizes 1,150 additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
  • Authorizes 140 additional Criminal Alien Program (CAP) officers to identify and remove criminal aliens in federal, state, and local detention facilities.
  • Provides 8,000 additional beds for holding illegal aliens and requires at least 500 beds in a family detention facility.
  • Provides 13 additional federal district judges to expedite the removal process for illegal aliens: 4 for Arizona, 5 for Southern California, 1 for New Mexico, 2 for southern Texas, and 1 for West Texas.
  • Requires Secretary of Homeland Security, Secretary of Agriculture, and Secretary of the Interior to develop a border protection strategy for protected lands including units of the National Park System, National Forest land, land under control of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Land Management, and other relevant land.
  • Authorizes additional law enforcement officers to enforce the border in protected lands including 22 officers for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and 22 officers for the National Park Service.

Stats

People Who Left the Ranks of Illegal Aliens in the Most Recent Year of Official Record

Stats - Friday, April 18, 2008

  • 183,000 Self-Deported
  • 152,000 Amnestied (allowed to adjust to legal status within U.S.)
  • 63,000 Removed by Federal Authorities
  • 27,000 Died
  • 456,000 Total

Office of Policy and Planning, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (1999)

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Publications

Fact Sheet: SAVE Act 1-pager

Fact Sheets - Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Fact Sheet: SAVE Act

Fact Sheets - Tuesday, June 8, 2010

NumbersUSA Endorsement of Rep. Shuler's SAVE Act

Letters & Endorsements - Thursday, July 23, 2009

On July 23, 2009, Congressman Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) introduced the SAVE Act which is a comprehensive immigration enforcement bill that would strengthen border security, interior enforcement and workplace enforcement.

By Roy Beck

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NumbersUSA Endorsement of Sen. Pryor's SAVE Act

Letters & Endorsements - Thursday, July 23, 2009

On July 23, 2009, Senator Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) introduced the SAVE Act which is a comprehensive immigration enforcement bill that would strengthen border security, interior enforcement and workplace enforcement.

By Roy Beck

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Polls

Rasmussen Poll Shows 66% of Likely Voters Believe it is Important to Reduce Illegal Immigration

Oppose Amnesty Support Tougher Enforcement Oppose Rewards for Illegal Migration Opinion Elites vs. Public - Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A new Rasmussen poll shows that 66% of likely voters believe that the government should improve border enforcement and reduce illegal immigration.  However, only 32% of America's "Political Class" agree.

The poll also shows that 77% of likely voters believe that illegal aliens should not be able to receive driver's licenses and 73% of Americans believe that police officers should automatically check to see if someone is in this country legally when that person is pulled over for a traffic violation. 

Rasmussen Reports, 14 April 2009

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics2/on_immigration_large_gap_remains_between_mainstream_america_and_political_class

In the News

Immigration raid leaves damaging mark on Postville, Iowa

In the News Quoted - Tuesday, May 12, 2009

"Since the landmark raid, an economic squeeze has destroyed several businesses. Postville's population has shrunk by nearly half, to about 1,800 residents, and townsfolk say the resulting anxiety -- felt from the deli to the schoolyard -- has been relentless.

"It's like you're in an oven and there's no place to go and there's no timer to get you out," said former Mayor Robert Penrod, who, overwhelmed, resigned earlier this year....

Roy Beck, head of the Washington-based NumbersUSA group that advocates for reducing immigration, argued that Postville invited its problems by relying so heavily on a plant many suspected was violating labor and immigration laws.

"The situation should have never gotten to that point," he said. "If you don't enforce the laws steadily, then when you suddenly enforce them, there is more collateral damage....""

Antonio Olivo, LA Times, 12 May 2009

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-postville-iowa12-2009may12,0,6761812.story

For employers, cost to be high for illegal hires

Quoted - Friday, August 10, 2007

"'If they're trying to make another effort at amnesty in the fall, then this is a pretty smart thing they're doing,' said Roy Beck, executive director of NumbersUSA, a Virginia-based organization that helped engineer a fierce grass-roots campaign in June to defeat a bipartisan Senate bill that would have offered legalization to undocumented immigrants..."

Chicago Tribune

Immigration ID rule rankles Florida industries

Quoted - Wednesday, August 8, 2007

"'The No. 1 reason people come here illegally is for jobs, and if employers are able to continue to employ illegal aliens we will continue to have an influx of illegal aliens,' said Caroline Espinosa, a spokeswoman for NumbersUSA, a Washington nonprofit that lobbies for limiting immigration..."

Miami Herald

Amnesty lobby is immigration Goliath

Quoted - Monday, May 14, 2007

"The money and the lobbying power is stacked against us," said a representative of NumbersUSA. "This is an issue that people see and experience the effects of on an everyday basis. There is definitely a very powerful grass-roots activism on this issue."

NumbersUSA has more than 300,000 activists sending faxes and calling Congress, an increase from 100,000 two years ago. More than 1 million people receive e-mail alerts from the group.

Politico.com

http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=8CD543A4-3048-5C12-00D21E1EA5580F60

Electronic Employment Verification Proposals Raise Implementation, Effectiveness Concerns

Quoted - Monday, April 16, 2007

"'We'd like to see mandatory employment verification in any bill that passes,' Caroline Espinosa of Numbers USA told BNA. 'We'll take it any way we can get it.' Describing her group as an "immigration reduction organization," Espinosa said that the goal of reducing the number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. could be achieved by 'attrition through mandatory enforcement...'"

Bureau of National Affairs Daily Labor Report; April 16, 2007

E-Verify works

In the News - Tuesday, July 28, 2009

New statistics on E-Verify suggest that keeping illegal aliens out of U.S. jobs is a goal increasingly within reach.

The Center for Immigration Studies has made available updated Department of Homeland Security numbers that make plain the effectiveness and growing use of the federal electronic system, through which employers can distinguish illegal aliens from legitimate job applicants.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/opinion/s_635539.html

Immigration legislation has merit

In the News - Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Rep. Heath Shuler has again introduced the Secure America through Verification and Enforcement Act to combat the costly dilemma of illegal immigration in the U.S.


Since President Obama and this Congress are unlikely to achieve anything bigger, Congress should pass Shuler's bill.

Blue Ridge (Hendersonville, N.C.) Times-Union Editorial

http://www.blueridgenow.com/article/20090728/ARTICLES/907281005/1016/OPINION02?Title=Immigration-legislation-has-merit

3 California counties will check immigration status as inmates enter jail

In the News - Thursday, May 14, 2009

"Los Angeles, Ventura and San Diego will become the first counties in California to begin checking the immigration status of all inmates booked into jail as part of a national effort to identify and deport more illegal immigrants with criminal records.

Law enforcement officials in the three counties will begin running inmates' fingerprints through federal databases this month to see if they have had any contact with the immigration system. Immigration officials will place holds on those believed to be in the country illegally. Once the inmates have finished serving their sentences, they will be transferred to immigration custody for possible deportation...."

Anna Gorman, LA Times, 14 May 2009

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-immigjail14-2009may14,0,7781561.story

Missouri lawmakers vote to reject federal Real ID Act

In the News - Wednesday, May 13, 2009

"Missouri lawmakers on Wednesday voted to direct the Department of Revenue to not comply with federal driver’s license requirements.

The federal Real ID Act, passed in 2005, requires states to collect and verify certain information about applicants for driver’s licenses and state ID cards. It was passed in response to national security concerns after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

But some Missouri lawmakers argue Real ID is an unwelcome intrusion into privacy and requires several new technologies that could increase the risk of identity theft...."

Lee Logan, AP, 13 May 2009

http://www.kansascity.com/news/breaking_news/story/1195917.html

Personal pain from the front lines of immigration reform battle

In the News - Wednesday, May 13, 2009

"Margaret Heintz sputtered in frustration.

"There's nothing we can do," the Marshalltown, Iowa, woman said to her daughter, Mona Kilborn, when they talked about their shared point of aggravation -- illegal immigrants.

"Mom, you can do something," Kilborn said. "You can write your congressman. I'll even get you the address."

So in September 2007, the 90-year-old Heintz put pen to paper for her first letter to a politician. Two weeks later, she died at the hands of an illegal immigrant.

"Ironic, isn't it?" Kilborn said. "This one issue, it's changed our lives forever....""

Bekah Porter, (Dubuque, IA) Telegraph Herald, 13 May 2009

http://www.thonline.com/article.cfm?id=243128

Immigration raid leaves damaging mark on Postville, Iowa

In the News Quoted - Tuesday, May 12, 2009

"Since the landmark raid, an economic squeeze has destroyed several businesses. Postville's population has shrunk by nearly half, to about 1,800 residents, and townsfolk say the resulting anxiety -- felt from the deli to the schoolyard -- has been relentless.

"It's like you're in an oven and there's no place to go and there's no timer to get you out," said former Mayor Robert Penrod, who, overwhelmed, resigned earlier this year....

Roy Beck, head of the Washington-based NumbersUSA group that advocates for reducing immigration, argued that Postville invited its problems by relying so heavily on a plant many suspected was violating labor and immigration laws.

"The situation should have never gotten to that point," he said. "If you don't enforce the laws steadily, then when you suddenly enforce them, there is more collateral damage....""

Antonio Olivo, LA Times, 12 May 2009

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-postville-iowa12-2009may12,0,6761812.story

Criminal aliens getting more ICE attention

In the News - Tuesday, May 12, 2009

"Calls for U.S. immigration officials to concentrate on deporting more illegal aliens who have serious criminal records are showing results, police say.

A new program at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency -- called Secure Communities -- is netting aliens for deportation when they are arrested for crimes by police in 48 communities, USA Today reported Tuesday.

The program was established in response to criticism of ICE during the Bush administration. Observers said the agency concentrated too much on mass deportations of immigrant workers picked up during raids on work places instead of targeting violent illegal aliens who commit crimes, the newspaper said...."

UPI, 12 May 2009

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/05/12/Criminal-aliens-getting-more-ICE-attention/UPI-58211242144472/

SHRM-Backed Bill Launches Employment Verification Debate

In the News - Thursday, April 23, 2009

"With momentum building for Congress to address comprehensive immigration reform later this year, two members of the House have introduced a bill to put employment verification at the center of the debate.

Written by Reps. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, and Sam Johnson, R-Texas, the measure would establish a mandatory electronic verification system that replaces an existing government-run system that has been roundly criticized by employer groups...."

Mark Schoeff, Workforce Management, 23 April 2009

http://www.workforce.com/section/00/article/26/37/71.php

Critics: Why require E-Verify?

In the News - Tuesday, December 30, 2008

That E-Verify already is entrenched in the industry that lured foreign laborers to Nebraska has critics questioning why the state would spend resources to make the program mandatory. They also cite the system's error rate and the risk of discrimination.

Even supporter Gary Mickelson, a Tyson spokesman, expressed caution over expecting too much.

"It is not a catch-all," said Mickelson, whose company employs about 8,000 in Nebraska.

Still, he and other proponents say, E-Verify is the best tool government has to offer to help ensure an authorized labor force. Free to the employer, the program works by cross-referencing personal data provided by job applicants with federal databases.

By Cindy Gonzalez/Omaha (NE) World-Herald

http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_page=2798&u_sid=10525655

SHRM Sues to Block E-Verify Mandate for Contractors

In the News - Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Joining SHRM in filing the lawsuit are the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Associated Builders and Contractors, American Council on International Personnel and the HR Policy Association.

By Steve Bates, Society for Human Resource Management

http://www.shrm.org/hrnews_published/articles/CMS_027463.asp