The National Pork Producers Council along with five other meat industry groups sent a letter to lawmakers opposing the Secure America through Verification Enforcement Act. The legislation would make a number of changes to the current Basic Pilot/E-Verify program aimed at identifying illegal workers.

The letter, sent to House and Senate bill sponsors Rep. Heath Shuler and Sen. Mark Pryor, was signed by the NPPC as well as the American Meat Institute, National Cattleman's Beef Association, National Chicken Council, National Meat Association and the National Turkey Federation.

While the groups have supported the Basic Pilot/E-Verify program, they oppose "the draconian measures of the SAVE Act that will prove incapable of effective implementation, severely harm U.S. businesses, and fail to address the problem of document fraud that defeats the current employments verification system."

The letter spelled out a number of specific concerns which can be reviewed at