Should Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas Be Impeached?
Here’s The Scoop
The GOP-led House has made a historic move toward impeaching Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over his disastrous handling of the border crisis.
Despite the opposition from Democrats and the Biden administration, members of the Homeland Security Committee voted along party lines to advance two articles of impeachment.
These articles allege that Mayorkas has “willfully and systematically refused to comply with Federal immigration laws” and has “breached the public trust” by making false statements, “knowingly” obstructing lawful oversight of the Department of Homeland Security, and lying to Congress.
Democrats attempted to delay the process by proposing unrelated amendments, but their tactics were ultimately unsuccessful. The articles were approved 18-15, and Chairman Mark Green (R-TN) urged his colleagues to “do the right thing” and hold Mayorkas accountable.
The House floor debate and vote to impeach Mayorkas could happen as early as next week, marking the first time a Cabinet secretary has been impeached since 1876. However, the effort faces long odds of achieving a conviction in the Democrat-controlled Senate.
Despite Democrats dismissing the impeachment proceedings as a “political stunt,” there is a growing bipartisan appetite for change. Recently, 14 House Democrats joined with most Republicans in voting to denounce the Biden administration’s “open-borders policies.”
The White House has even gone so far as to claim the endeavor is “unconstitutional,” while Mayorkas remains defiant, stating that the “false accusations do not rattle me.”
As impeachment proceedings continue, House Republicans are also running a corruption-focused impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden. The fight for accountability is far from over.
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