Republicans, if elected to retake the House in the November midterm elections, will "provide oversight and let the American people know exactly how many hundreds of billions of dollars" the surge of immigrants is costing them since President Joe Biden took office, Rep. Claudia Tenney told Newsmax on Tuesday.
"In sanctuary cities and sanctuary states like New York, taxpayers are paying for this, among the most beleaguered taxpayers in the nation, with the highest taxes, highest out-migration," the New York Republican said on Newsmax's "Wake Up America." "People are fleeing our state because we don't have a tax base because they're overburdening our taxpayers.
Tenney added that it's a "real tragedy on so many levels" when communities are "forced to absorb immigrants."
And now, Democrats are crying "crocodile tears" after GOP Govs. Greg Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida have flown immigrants to sanctuary cities, but immigrant flights were already happening under Biden's administration, Tenney said.
Meanwhile, she said she would hate to be "cynical" in agreeing that the Democrats are allowing immigration to grow to boost voter rolls in upcoming elections, "but it looks like that's what they are doing."
"I argue and will continue to argue that under our Constitution, and particularly under New York laws and laws of most pretty much every state, except for states like California and the people's republic of New York City, [it is] one citizen, one vote," said Tenney. "If you're not a citizen of the United States, you don't get to vote. But the Democrats are changing that. All you have to do is have resident status and an ID, and you get to vote in elections, and that's what they're moving toward."
But the Democrats are giving away the privileges of citizenship, she said, "as if our citizenship has no value and citizenship in the United States is a commodity," said Tenney, pointing out that voting is the "most important and profound expression of our rights as a citizen."
Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has been urging House Republicans to reject any funding bill that doesn't address the immigration surge. The government has a Sept. 30 deadline for passing funding legislation to avoid a government shutdown, but Tenney said she's not sure what will happen.
"I hope that everyone signs onto my bill, which turns 87,000 IRS agents into 87,000 new border protection agents to secure the border and save American taxpayers," said Tenney, referring to the provision in the president's Inflation Reduction Act that funds the hiring of the IRS personnel.
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