Friday, November 09, 2007

Bi-partisanship No Longer Just a Buzzword

What bill in Congress could possibly have 44 Democrat and 46 Republican signers before being introduced? What issue could unite representatives from the Congressional Black Caucus, Hispanic Caucus, Immigration Caucus, Republican Study Committee and Blue Dog Coalition?

Strange as it may sound, we're talking about illegal immigration and a bill designed to address least in part.

Unlike prior bills that contained some sort of amnesty provision, this one is centered solely on border security and enforcement. Representative Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) wrote the bill known as the Secure America through Verification and Enforcement (SAVE) Act or H.R. 4088. The focus of the bill is two-fold: It provides funding, bodies, and equipment for securing the border including more fence, and it requires employers to make sure all current and prospective employees are legal. For this last requirement, all employers must comply within 4 years—large employers (over 250 employees) get 1 year, and progressively smaller companies get more time. All will be required to use the eVerify program and respond to mismatch letters from the Social Security Administration.

This one is worth watching!


Sirocco said...

I support this idea, and suspect most liberals do as well. Not many are opposed to forcing employers to comply with verifying eligibility.

I'd still like to see this mixed with some approach for dealing with exisiting immigrants other than simply arresting or deporting all of them. Hopefully if this passes and shows some progress there will be willingness for some give on the other side of the equation ... I won't be holding my breath, however.

GOP Boomer Gal said...

I think that if the jobs go away, the people will deport themselves.

And then maybe we can have a true guest worker program where people are given permits to work here; then go home.

Also, I hope our government can put pressure on Mexico and other countries with resources to help their own people and raise their standard of living so they don't have to cross the border for work and sustenance.