Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.), Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.), and Rep. Todd Platts (R-Pa.) added their names to the long list of cosponsors to the House version of the SAVE Act introduced by Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.). The list of sponsors to H.R.3308 is now at 92.
Rep. Gerlach is serving his fourth term in the House and has earned a career immigration-reduction grade of a B. Rep. Platts is serving his fifth term in the House and has earned a career immigration-reduction grade of an A-. Rep. Lewis has served in the House for four decades, earning a recent immigration-reduction grade of an A-.
The SAVE Act (H.R.3308) would use currently available tools and resources to increase interior enforcement of federal immigration laws.In securing the borders, the SAVE Act would:
- add 6,000 border patrol agents, utilizing new technology;
- improve recruitment with focus on former agents and former members of the Armed Services and Reserves; and
- create a pilot program to increase aerial surveillance, satellite and equipment sharing with the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense.
In fighting illegal hiring, the SAVE Act would:
- make E-Verify mandatory for all employers;
- increase monitoring of compliance of the E-Verify system;
- require notification of identity theft; and
- require information sharing between the Social Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security and the Internal Revenue Service.
In increasing interior enforcement, the SAVE Act would:
- add ICE agents and increase grants to local law enforcement; and
- expedite the deportation process by increasing detention capacity and the number of immigration judges.
Originally Published: Wed, Sep 9th 2009 @ 3:55pm EDT