From the November 2007 Idaho Observer:

The SAVE Act is to immigration what the Patriot Act is to civil liberty

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC) introduced HR 4088 Nov. 6, 2007—the Save Act of 2007. The bill has 112 sponsors, including staunch immigration reform maverick Tom Tancredo (R-CO) and is being lauded by some as the most hopeful bill to promote immigration reform. The bill is even being called the "Hitler bill" by pro-amnesty groups.

But others see language in the bill which gives it that Orwellian twist that members of Congress seem to enjoy. In fact, it would appear that pro-amnesty opposition to the SAVE (Secure America Through Verification and Enforcement) Act is being encouraged, possible exaggerated, to fool immigration reformers into endorsing this bill.

On the surface it appears to be a good bill—tightening border security, increasing border patrol and surveillance systems and requiring that employers make sure potential employees are living in this country legally.

Tom DeWeese of the American Policy Center has published a list of concerns he has regarding likely interpretations of the bill that pose (another) serious threat to American civil liberties and national security.

The most egregious threat comes under the provision that seems the most common sensical—that employers must be sure employees are living and working in this country legally. The procedure will be standardization of all birth and death records (per the Real ID Act) and use of the eVerify system that requires the use of a continent-wide database system managed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that will contain a profile of everyone. By law, employers will be required to submit each application for employment to DHS for approval or rejection.

The bill contains no penalties for illegal entry and creates opportunities for illegals to be categorized as "guest aliens."

The bill has been sent to several committees—including the House Homeland Security Committee.

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