3) Obama would strengthen enforcement against illegal immigrants while reducing the number in detention. The president’s budget would ramp up funding for two immigration verification programs: E-Verify, which helps employers determine whether potential employees are legally able to work in the United States, and Systematic Alien Verification for Entitle­ments (SAVE), which helps public agencies verify the immigration status of those applying for federal, state and local government benefits. There aren’t any new mandates for requiring employers or the government to screen for immigration status or go after illegal immigrants. But the new changes would make E-Verify a more reliable system by allowing applicants to voluntarily “self check” and pinpoint errors in their documentation, and both programs are intended “to promote compliance with immigration laws while preventing individ­uals from obtaining benefits they are not eligible to receive,” according to the budget. Washington Post

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