H.R. 4088, The SAVE Act of 2007 (52 comments ↓ | 8 wiki edits: view article ↓)
- This item is from the 110th Congress (2007-2008) and is no longer current. Comments, voting, and wiki editing have been disabled, and the cost/savings estimate has been frozen.
- This bill, or a similar bill, was reintroduced in the current Congress as H.R. 3039, The SAVE Act.
H.R. 4088 would provide immigration reform by securing America's borders, clarifying and enforcing existing laws, and enabling a practical employer verification program.
Secure America Through Verification and Enforcement Act of 2007 or SAVE Act of 2007 - Sets forth border security and enforcement provisions, including provisions respecting: (1) increases in Border Patrol and investigative personnel; (2) recruitment of former military personnel; (3) use of Department of Defense (DOD) equipment; (4) infrastructure improvements; (5) aerial and other surveillance; (5) a national strategy to secure the borders; (6) emergency deployment of Border Patrol agents; and (7) expansion of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism along the northern and southern borders.
Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act and specified maritime law sections to revise alien smuggling provisions.
Sets forth provisions respecting border security on certain federal lands under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of Agriculture or the Secretary of the Interior.
Border Law Enforcement Act - Authorizes a border relief grant program for a tribal, state, or local law enforcement agency in a county within 25 miles of the southern border of the United States.
Amends the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to make the basic employment eligibility confirmation pilot program permanent.
Sets forth conditions for the mandatory use of the E-verify system.
Requires: (1) employer/employee notification of social security number mismatches and multiple uses, and related information sharing with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS); and (2) establishment of electronic birth and death registration systems.
Amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) penalize specified employers for failure to correct information returns; and (2) prohibit employers from deducting from gross income wages paid to unauthorized aliens, with an exception for an employer participating in the basic employment eligibility confirmation program.
Increases criminal alien program (CAP) personnel.
Establishes within DHS a rewards program to assist in the elimination of commercial operations to produce or sell fraudulent immigration-related documents and to assist in the investigation, prosecution, or disruption of commercial alien smuggling operations.
Provides for: (1) increased alien detention facilities; (2) additional district court judgeships; and (3) a media campaign to inform the public of changes made by this Act including a multilingual media campaign explaining noncompliance penalties.
Status of the Legislation
Latest Major Action: 3/11/2008: Motion to Discharge Committee filed by Mrs. Drake. Petition No: 110-5.
Points in Favor
H.R. 4088 directly addresses the security and sovereignty of the United States, and would efficiently identify persons engaged in illegal employment, identity theft, and unlawful presence in the United States.
H.R. 4088 provides for discrepancies and mismatches in the federal databases, and provides for their correction in section 202.a and 202.b of the bill, in addition to providing for a phase-in over a 4-year span (Sec. 201), under Title-II.
Secondly, SSA would not be involved in enforcement, only identification and notification (Sec. 202.c.2). Enforcement falls under sections 301 (Title-III) and 5202 (Title-I), and provides additional resources to existing enforcement agencies already tasked with such duties.
As for humanitarian concerns, there are penalties for breaking a nation's laws, for all persons. Prisons are full of US citizens who decided to break the law, and their families and CHILDREN suffer the consequences of their personal decision to do so.
The Social Security Administration admits that there is a high error rate in its database, with and estimated 12.7 million of its records containing errors related to U.S. citizens, effectively putting their jobs at risk.
The bill would also formally approve the detention of CHILDREN, and would not address the deplorable conditions in which many immigrants are held. If you don't know what this means, you should look up the Hutto Detention Facility in Texas.
Furthermore, the bill would require local police act as immigration agents. This is a policy that has been shown to foster distrust between law enforcement and the communities they are meant to protect. People will not want to call the police when they witness a crime or are victims of a crime.
Finally, it would put religious and humanitarian workers behind bars for so-called "alien smuggling", what some would call being a Good Samaritan.
This is a misguided bill which will negatively impact all people in the United States, not just undocumented immigrants, but citizens as well.
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