The term "Balkanization," derived from political divisions in
the Balkans during the early 20th century, is used to describe the
fragmentation of a country, region or governing body into small,
often hostile, units. This term aptly describes the situation
Congress is in as it tries to address immigration issues—a
situation that became even more fragmented with Rep. Heath Shuler's
(D-N.C.) introduction of H.R. 4088, the Secure America through
Verification and Enforcement (SAVE) Act, on Nov. 6, 2007.
The SAVE Act is enforcement-only legislation aimed primarily at
employers. It would make the E-Verify program mandatory for
employers one year after its enactment even though there is no
benchmarking to ensure the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) would clean up their
databases and provide accurate information to employers.
E-Verify currently is a voluntary employment eligibility
verification program (except where certain states are trying to
require it) used by about 56,000 employer participants. It is
operated by DHS in...
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