SAVE Act Discharge Petition Filed
To Remove the Job Magnet from Illegal AliensI
(March 11) Today, House Republican leaders endorsed a discharge petition for the enforcement-only SAVE Act (Secure America with Verification Enforcement; H.R. 4088). The petition was filed this morning by Rep. Thelma Drake (R-Va.).
If the petition collects 218 House signatures, a simple majority, the bill can bypass the committee process and be placed on the House floor for a vote, regardless of any objections by Democratic leaders. The petition currently has 119 signatures.
The SAVE Act, with 151 bi-partisan signers in the House and Senate, would drive millions of illegal aliens out of their jobs by requiring mandatory employment eligibility verification.
The Washington Times is reporting that Democrats are still working on alternative plans for the immigration debate. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has been pushing a plan to grant legal work permits for millions of illegal aliens currently holding jobs and huge increases in H-2B and H-1B visas for all types of foreign workers. However, several Democrats -- including SAVE Act sponsor Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) -- were among the first to sign the discharge petition to go around Speaker Pelosi.