U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) introduced the Bureaucrats to the Border Act last week to require new Internal Revenue Service (IRS) enforcement personnel hired through the so-called Inflation Reduction Act to complete a 30-day detail supporting Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the southern border.

One of the provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act is an $80 billion allocation to the IRS to hire nearly 87,000 employees over the next decade, nearly doubling its current workforce.

“The American people are worried about their families’ future and safety, but the only solutions Democrats have to offer them are bureaucracy and Big Brother," Moore said in a statement. "Instead of spending billions to come after taxpayers, Washington should take action to stop the influx of drugs and crime overwhelming our borders.”

U.S. Reps. Randy Weber (R-Texas), Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.), Jake Ellzey (R-Texas) and Jody Hice (R-Ga.) are cosponsors of the legislation.

Following then-President Donald Trump’s National Emergency Proclamation in 2019, the Department of Human Services (DHS) established the DHS Volunteer Force (DVF) to provide humanitarian and logistical support for those processing through the immigration system. 

Through the DVF, DHS solicited volunteers and temporarily detailed them to the southern border. Later, DHS defined the scope of the DVF as federal government-wide; and thus developed two separate recruitment and application processes, one for DHS employees and one for federal employees at non-DHS agencies. 

When again experiencing record-breaking numbers of migrants crossing the southern border illegally, DHS Deputy Secretary John Tien requested more volunteers for the DHS Volunteer Force in March.

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