Core Provisions: The Secure America through Verification and Enforcement Act (”SAVE Act”) would amend the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to make employer use of the E-verify program mandatory. E-verify is an internet-based system that allows employers to verify employees’ work eligibility, but the system has been criticized for providing erroneous eligibility results due to name changes, citizenship status changes, and other data-entry or data processing errors.
The legislation phases-in mandatory use of e-verify, requiring immediate use of E-verify by federal agencies, federal contractors, and employers that employ more than 250 individuals in the United States. Within four years of its passage, the bill would require all employers to confirm the employment eligibility of newly hired and current employees through E-verify.
On July 8, the Senate approved an amendment to the 2010 homeland security appropriations bill that would make E-Verify permanent and would also require all federal contractors to use E-Verify beginning September 8, 2009.
Status: S. 1505 was introduced by Senator Mark Pryor (D-A.R.) on July 23, 2009 and referred to the Senate Committee on Finance. A comparable bill H.R. 3308 was introduced in the House by Representative Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) on the same date and referred to the House Committee on Homeland Security, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, Ways and Means, Education and Labor, Oversight and Government Reform, Armed Services, Agriculture, and Natural Resources. Similar legislation, S.2368 was introduced by Senator Pryor during the 110th Congress on November 15, 2007. That legislation was referred to the Senate Committee on Judiciary, but failed to make it out of committee.