To provide immigration reform by securing America’s borders, clarifying and enforcing existing laws, and enabling a practical employer verification program. Read More


This bill was introduced on May 26, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.


Date Introduced
May 26, 2011


Bill Text


To provide immigration reform by securing America's borders, clarifying and enforcing existing laws, and enabling a practical employer verification program.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


(a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``Secure America Through Verification and Enforcement Act of 2011'' or as the ``SAVE Act of 2011''. (b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents for this Act is as follows:

Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents. TITLE I--SECURING AMERICA'S INTERNATIONAL BORDERS

Subtitle A--Manpower, Technology, and Infrastructure Improvements

Sec. 101. Manpower. Sec. 102. Technology. Sec. 103. Infrastructure. Sec. 104. Aerial vehicles and surveillance systems. Subtitle B--Strategies and Progress Reports for Securing America's Borders

Sec. 111. National strategy to secure the borders. Sec. 112. Accountable financing of a secure border initiative. Subtitle C--Rapid Response Measures

Sec. 121. Deployment of border patrol agents. Sec. 122. Border patrol major assets. Sec. 123. Electronic equipment. Sec. 124. Personal equipment. Sec. 125. Authorization of appropriations. Subtitle D--Border Infrastructure and Technology Modernization

Sec. 131. Definitions. Sec. 132. Expansion of commerce security programs. Subtitle E--Other Border Security Initiatives

Sec. 141. Alien smuggling and terrorism prevention. Sec. 142. Border security on certain Federal land. TITLE II--ENDING UNLAWFUL EMPLOYMENT

Subtitle A--Employee Verification

Sec. 201. Mandatory employment authorization verification. Sec. 202. Monitoring and compliance. Sec. 203. Mandatory notification of SSN mismatches and multiple uses. Sec. 204. Establishment of electronic birth and death registration systems. Sec. 205. Penalty for failure to file...

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The SAVE Act would address the flow of illegal aliens to the United States by investing in new technology and additional manpower. Provisions specifically relating to border control include: (1) increasing the number of full-time border patrol agents by 5,000 through 2016, including an immediate 1,500 agents for FY2012 and 1,000 for FY2013. At least 350 hires each year would be specifically assigned to investigate the smuggling of illegal aliens; (2) more funding available for the Tunnel Task Force [an investigative team assigned with tracking, identifying, and closing border tunnels used for smuggling drugs, human traffic, and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)]; (3) a student loan repayment program and other incentives to help recruit former members of the Armed Services, National Guard, and other Reserve Components; (4) new and updated border security, surveillance, communication, and apprehension technology; (5) an equipment sharing initiative between the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense, with progress reports made available to Members of Congress; (6) an official national strategy to secure all U.S. borders and ports of entry. Specifically, the Secretary of Homeland Security is required to improve border security infrastructure including: new office facilities, SUVs, better roads along the border, additional fencing, vehicle barriers, better alien detention facilities, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), drones, cameras, poles, sensors, satellites, radar, and other technologies; (7) and, empowering governors in border states to declare a border emergency and request temporary redeployment of up to 1000 additional Border Patrol Agents.

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SAALT opposes the SAVE Act, which would would make the E-Verify program permanent, and to provide for penalties to enforce compliance with the program. Existing and proposed electronic employment verification systems have had a detrimental impact upon all workers, regardless of immigration status. One concern is their reliance on government databases with high error rates; in fact, the Social Security Administration estimates that 17.8 million of its records contain discrepancies related to name, date of birth, or citizenship status, with 12.7 million of those records involving U.S. citizens. Due to database errors, foreign-born lawful workers are 30 times more likely than native-born U.S. citizens to be incorrectly identified as unauthorized for employment. Another concern is that employers may misuse the verification process and unjustly fire immigrant workers. Evaluations of existing employment verification programs have shown that many employers engage in prohibited employment practices, including pre-employment screening, adverse employment action without confirmation of a worker’s immigration status, and failure to inform workers of their rights.

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Bill Summary

To provide immigration reform by securing America’s borders, clarifying and enforcing existing laws, and enabling a practical employer verification program.

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