Texas Republican: 'I Want to Hire 87,000 New Border Patrol Agents'

By Susan Jones | August 8, 2022 | 9:35am EDT
Venezuelans illegally cross the Rio Grande River in Eagle Pass, Texas on June 30, 2022. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)
Venezuelans illegally cross the Rio Grande River in Eagle Pass, Texas on June 30, 2022. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - "I don't want to hire 87,000 new IRS agents, I want to hire 87,000 new Border Patrol agents," Rep. Pat Fallon (R-Texas) told the Fox Business network on Monday morning.

The House this week is expected to approve the so-called Inflation Reduction Act that Senate Democrats passed by one vote, 51-50, on Sunday.

The bill extends Obamacare subsidies, caps some prescription drug prices for Medicare patients, taxes corporations, and spends hundreds of billions of dollars on clean energy programs and incentives. And, as Sen. Ted Cruz noted on Sunday, "It doubles the size of the IRS."

"This is historically the worst illegal immigration has ever been," Fallon said.

"Back in April there were 234,000 illegal border crossings, which was 1,258 percent higher than the last April that President Trump was in office. And then it was shattered in May with nearly 240,000 illegal border crossers, which was 930 percent worse.

"So it's about 10 times worse under Joe Biden, who has never visited the border. So I think we should run an express (bus) right to Nancy Pelosi's neighborhood in San Francisco, right to Joe Biden's beach house in Delaware, up to Chuck Schumer's mansion in New York and all of the other sanctuary cities that apparently want mass and unlawful migration. Because in Texas, we don't."

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is running busloads of illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities such as New York and Washington, D.C., to demonstrate on a much smaller scale what lax federal border enforcement is forcing Texas to endure.

Sen. Cruz told "Sunday Morning Futures" the 87,000 new IRS agents "are designed to come after you. They're not designed to come after the billionaires and the big corporations. They're designed to come after small businesses and working families across this country.

"The Democrats are making the IRS bigger than the Pentagon, plus the Department of State, plus the FBI, plus the Border Patrol. Combined, the IRS is going to be bigger,"  Cruz said.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told CNN's "State of the Union" that the new army of IRS agents will come after "waitresses, Uber drivers and everybody else to collect more taxes. So, if you think growing the IRS is good for you, you're wrong."

But Democrat Sen. Richard Blumenthal called that claim "preposterous."

"I think the IRS is going to target the highest-income Americans," Blumenthal told "State of the Union."

"As the saying goes, that's where the money is. That's where they're going to look to collect. The idea that there's going to be this army of IRS agents defending -- descending on the average American is just preposterous. Tax fairness is what we need."

Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) told ABC's "This Week" the Democrats' bill won't ease inflation:

"We're still going to have a problem there. And yet at the same time, they're going to be collecting about -- real close to $740 billion in new tax revenue over the next supposedly 5 to 10 years, but most certainly it's not going to help get us through a tight time in which we're worried about coming out of a recession.

"We've got two quarters in a row with declining GDP. This is not the time to raise taxes, and most certainly it's not the time in which we start adding additional government employees. We're talking 87,000 more IRS employees. I don't think very many American citizens are going to want to see that."

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