AN ACT TO REQUIRE ALL STATE AGENCIES AND LICENSING BOARDS TO USE THE SYSTEMATIC ALIEN VERIFICATION FOR ENTITLEMENTS (SAVE) TO VERIFY THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OF APPLICANTS FOR PUBLIC BENEFITS.
Includes whereas clauses.
Enacts Article 3, Verification of Eligibility for Receipt of Public Benefits, to GS Chapter 64. Sets forth defined terms applicable to the Article. Requires all State agencies and all licensing boards, as defined, to enter into a memorandum of agreement or computer matching agreement with the Department of Homeland Security to use the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) Program in order to verify the immigration status of applicants for public benefits, as defined under specified federal law. Prohibits any State agency or licensing board, beginning January 1, 2020, from providing a public benefit to any applicant unless first having used the SAVE Program to verify the immigration status of the applicant. Prohibits any State agency or licensing board from providing a public benefit to an alien who is not qualified, an immigrant, or an alien who is paroled into the country for less than a year, under specified federal law. Requires each State agency and each licensing board to annually report on the Article's implementation to the specified NCGA committee, with the initial report due no later than December 1, 2019.