Heath Schuler’s SAVE (Secure America with Verification and Enforcement) Act is in trouble. For those of you who have not been following this legislation, Schuler’s bill emphasizes workplace verification and border enforcement. In short, Numbers USA is a big fan; Nancy Pelosi is not.
Recent data from the Congressional Budget Office, however, is apparently scaring some Blue Dogs (read: folks who need a way to explain to their constituents why they are caving in to Pelosi) from supporting the measure. According to the CBO, implementing the legislation could cost some $40 billion over 10 years.
Schuler’s response: Illegal immigration is already costing North Carolina alone at least $1 billion a year. That’s a savings of $10 billion over 10 years — not to mention the billions that would be saved by every other state in the Union.
As GOP spokesman Michael Steel (no, not that Michael Steel from last year’s CLC … You are going to this year’s CLC, aren’t you?) puts it:
“Democratic leaders are trying to avoid the fact that there’s a bipartisan consensus in support of a real border security bill without amnesty. Somewhere in a $3 trillion budget we can find the money to secure our border.”