Concerned about the lack of media coverage of the S.A.V.E. ACT - the pending immigration bill that would make U.S. citizens vulnerable to prison sentences if they gave an undocumented person a ride in their car --
I looked up the S.A.V.E. ACT and HB 4088 in Lexus Nexus* - under newspapers, blogs, newscasts and web publications - using the last month as a time-line. The small article below from a newswire service is the only thing I found. Interesting that Lexus Nexus didn't mention "The Road to Dystopia" published in the NYT on March 13, 2008. See our post from that date: "The Frightening Thought of HB 4088"
DRAKE FILES DISCHARGE PETITION ON S.A.V.E. ACT BIPARTISAN BILL WOULD ENHANCE BORDER SECURITY AND ENFORCEMENT
States News Service
March 12, 2008
The following information was released by the office of Virginia Rep. Thelma Drake:
U.S. Representative Thelma Drake (R-Va.) today filed a discharge petition aimed at bringing the Secure America with Verification and Enforcement (SAVE) Act to the House floor for a vote. Once 218 Members sign the discharge petition, the bill will be brought directly to the floor for a vote. The SAVE Act is a bipartisan bill that will secure America's borders by adding 8,000 new Border Patrol agents and utilizing new technology and infrastructure at the border. The SAVE Act also makes the E-Verify system mandatory for employers to ensure that new workers are compliant with U.S. immigration laws and enhances interior enforcement by increasing the investigative abilities of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Finally, the SAVE Act calls for DHS, in consultation with the heads of other Federal agencies, as well as state, local and tribal governments, to create one national strategy to secure our nation's borders. The SAVE Act has strong bipartisan support; the bill has over 140 co-sponsors, including 93 Republicans and 48 Democrats.
"I call on all of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to join me in supporting a vote on the SAVE Act," said Rep. Drake. "The SAVE Act is a bipartisan bill that offers concrete solutions to stop the flow of illegal aliens through our borders. It is time for Congress to put aside partisan politics and start addressing the national security problems posed by our porous borders."
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