The illegal incursion into the United States is one of the most critical issues we are facing today, said Poe. It remains the number one issue I hear about from my district and Americans all across our country. This is not a Republican or Democrat issue this is a battle for the sovereignty and security of our nation. The laws of the United States are not suggestions, they are laws and must be respected and upheld. The SAVE Act is the first productive step taken by Members in both parties towards enforcing our laws and reclaiming our borders. Securing our borders must come first. You cannot stop the flood until you fix the leak.
Secure America with Verification and Enforcement (SAVE) Act:
? Calls for an increase of 8,000 border patrol agents, outlines ways to recruit more of them through bonuses, student loan repayment, and creates a program where DHS and the military work together to increase surveillance.
? Makes the E-Verify program mandatory for employers. E-Verify is a free and easy to use system that allows employers to determine if prospective employees are legal by accessing a government database.
? Requires information sharing between DHS, Social Security, and the IRS when there is possible stolen identification numbers.
? Increases more ICE agents to enforce laws in the nations interior and uses state and local law enforcement personnel.
? Increases federal immigration judges to expedite removal of illegal aliens.
? Implements a media campaign to inform illegals of new laws and penalties and also informing employers of penalties for hiring illegals.
Congressman Poe serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and serves as an Executive Board Member of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus.