Rep. Gerlach, Rep. Platts, and Rep. Lewis
Rep. Gerlach, Rep. Platts, and Rep. Lewis

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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.
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