Stop No-Match Letter Legislation

A bill pending in the U.S. House of Representatives would make it mandatory for every employer in the nation to participate in the E-Verify (formerly called Basic Pilot) Program. This program would expand the Social Security Administration “no-match” letter program that was recently halted by a federal judge.

This pending bill is called the Secure American Through Verification and Enforcement Act of 2007, or the SAVE Act. It is also known as the Shuler-Tancredo bill or H.R. 4088. It is one of many ways that the government is seeking to be more intrusive in our everyday lives, and could improperly identify at least 2.5 million workers as ineligible for employment.

While gender is not verified in this particular program, another similar program does verify gender and has outed an untold number of transgender people in their workplace. If employers are required to participate in this program, it is unlikely that they will make a distinction between this program and the ways that transgender people are susceptible to no-match letters.

For this reason it is important to urge your Representatives in Congress to stop this bill. It is also important because it is the right thing to do, in support of our immigrant neighbors, friends, and families.

The House Republicans are attempting a procedural manuever to bring the SAVE Act to a House floor vote without going through committee. They are doing this because they don’t think this flawed piece of legislation would make it through a committee vote.

Your help is needed now to block this move. Urge your representative to “decline to sign the petition to discharge H.R. 4088, the Shuler-Tancredo Bill.”

Call the House Switchboard at 202-224-3121 to find your Representative’s phone number, or visit http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/mcapdir.html.

More information about the Shuler-Tancredo Bill/H.R. 4088/SAVE Act can be found in this National Immigration Law Center’s document: ttp://www.nilc.org/immsemplymnt/ircaempverif/shuler_EEVS_2008-02-01.pdf

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