Pinion: Instead of Hiring IRS Agents, Biden Should Hire Immigration Agents to Help 4 Million Waiting to Come Here Legally

Melanie Arter | November 1, 2022 | 2:10pm EDT
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Migrants arrive on a bus from Texas to the Port Authority bus station on October 7, 2022 in New York City. NYC Mayor Eric Adams declared a state of emergency in response to thousands of migrants bused to the city in recent months from the U.S. southern border. (Photo by Leonardo Munoz/VIEWpress)
Migrants arrive on a bus from Texas to the Port Authority bus station on October 7, 2022 in New York City. NYC Mayor Eric Adams declared a state of emergency in response to thousands of migrants bused to the city in recent months from the U.S. southern border. (Photo by Leonardo Munoz/VIEWpress)

( – Republican New York Senatorial candidate Joseph Pinion said Sunday that instead of hiring 87,000 more IRS agents, the Biden administration should hire immigration agents to facilitate the 4 million people waiting in line to come to the United States legally.

During a debate Sunday with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Pinion was asked how he would address the inaction of Congress on immigration reform if elected.

“To date, more than 21,400 people seeking asylum have been sent to New York. Mr. Pinion, mostly from Texas and Florida. The cost of housing these new arrivals is estimated at more than $1 billion. A large part of the issue is due to Congress’ lack of action on immigration. How would you address the problem if elected?” the moderator asked.

PINION: Let’s be very clear. The mayor of NYC just declared a state of emergency for a migrant crisis Chuck Schumer spent two years saying was a figment of our imagination. You do it with it with securing the border. It is not equal level terrain. Some places need a fence. Some places need a wall. Some places need more boots on the ground, but secure it, you must. We must go back to the stay in Mexico policy. 

We need to make sure that the asylum process is cleaner, that people don’t have to go through such a process that is so convoluted, but more importantly, we need to make sure that there’s accountability for people to come. There are 4 million people waiting in line to come to this country legally. We need to make sure we’re not hiring 87,000 IRS agents.

Perhaps we should hire some immigration agents to facilitate those 4 million people coming here – many of whom are joining spouses. So that to me is a conscientious plan to get the job done. I think again when you have less people feeling as if that legal line is not going to move, you’ll have more people who are unwilling to swim across the Rio Grande because people are taking their life into their hands pursuing the American dream they were told by this president to pursue legally.

SCHUMER: The best solution is comprehensive immigration reform, and it can be done. Senator McCain and I back in 2013 – a Gang of Eight – four Republicans, four Democrats - came up with a comprehensive plan. It secured the border much better than it has been secured ever since. It said to the 11 million who are here, we’re giving you a pathway to citizenship. They have to go through a number of different things to get there, but there was a pathway, and it brought into America the people that we need to grow our economy and expand our jobs.

It got 69 votes in the Senate – Democrat and Republican. I am going to work very, very hard to try and convince up til now our Republican colleagues who’d been unwilling to do anything on immigration, but I think we can get this done particularly in light of the fact that there’s such a job shortage in America. The business community is crying out for new people to fill the jobs, and I think we can get them to get some brave Republican – certainly a number above 10 that we can pass comprehensive immigration reform. That is the only real answer to this problem. 

PINION: You had 42 years to pass comprehensive immigration reform. If he was going to get it done, he would have already gotten it done. The reality is, he stood on this debate stage many years ago and said the truth. There is no appetite for solving the immigration crisis until we get business of securing the border once and for all secure. That is not my opinion. 

That was the old opinion of Chuck Schumer before he got the AOCs of the world coming to take his job and his title, so yes, we need to have comprehensive immigration reform. We need to deal with the Dreamers, because no person brought here as a child through no fault of their own should be held accountable by this government. That is the nature of what America can and should be, but again we need to have real plans, not empty rhetoric that changes based on the political circumstances of the day.

SCHUMER: Comprehensive immigration reform was blocked by Republicans – and by the way, never used to be. George Bush, H.W. Bush, W. Bush, Reagan were pro-immigration reform. The new Trump Republican Party has become anti, but I think a number of Republicans could be fed up with that, and we could get comprehensive reform. 

MODERATOR: So Mr. Pinion, will you push for funding to be sent to NYC and other cities dealing with the influx of new arrivals?

PINION: I think that we have make sure that we’re not spending money to deal with the flood flooding in before we’ve actually plugged the hole in the dam. We have a humanitarian crisis in broad daylight. We have a drug crisis in broad daylight. The leading cause of death for people in this country agef 18 to 45 is fentanyl overdoses. 

Chuck Schumer didn’t even realize we had a fentanyl crisis until the poll numbers started coming down. Then he wanted to scare parents into voting for him just before Halloween, saying there’s fentanyl in the candies. So I think at the end of the day, we need to focus on the fact that securing the border is not a talking point. It’s what’s required to cultivate the conversation here at home. It’s what’s required to make sure we don’t have mothers – urban, suburban and rural alike – crying over caskets for children to still be here. That is what we need to be focused on.

MODERATOR: What about funding to be sent to NYC to deal with the current influx of migrants?

PINION: Let’s be very clear. New York City has deep needs. We need to get money here. Again, yes we got $1.59, extra 59 cents on the dollar because of what just happened, but we also printed more money in the month of June in 2020 than the previous two centuries. So again, yes we need more money, but we also need better planning. We also need solutions, and Chuck Schumer has not provided them.

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