USA — Two articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas were accepted by the House Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday, despite the fact that the committee was divided along party lines. This will set the stage for a floor vote to impeach the troubled officer from the Biden administration as early as the next week.
Across party lines, the committee voted to approve the two articles of impeachment, which accuse Mayorkas of having “repeatedly violated laws enacted by Congress regarding immigration and border security” and of having “made false statements to Congress” that the border is secure and closed, as well as that the Department of Homeland Security is in operational control of the border.
Following this, the articles will be sent to the House, where they will be put to a vote on the floor of the House.
After a lengthy and at times heated session, the vote was taken. During the hearing, Republicans presented their arguments for why Mayorkas should be ousted from office for allegedly mishandling the crisis at the southern border. Democrats, on the other side, accused Republicans of debasing the impeachment process for political purposes.
“Today is a grave day,” Chairman Mark Green said the day before. “Neither this day nor this process has been treated with a careless attitude. Because of Secretary Mayorkas’s behavior, we have no choice but to act. It is impossible for us to allow this border situation to get any worse.
During the course of the hearing, Republicans spent a significant amount of time highlighting their case against Mayorkas. They cited record high border crossings, with the record for monthly crossings being broken in December, as well as huge releases of migrants into the interior along with a narrowing of interior enforcement.
Mayorkas is accused of failing to safeguard the border and of not adhering to immigration law, which they claim requires the imprisonment of illegal immigrants. They also accuse Mayorkas of not obeying immigration law.
“My colleagues on the other side of the aisle appear to be of the opinion that it is acceptable that we have had 10 million unlawful crossings in the span of three years and that we have had nearly 300,000 Americans die from opiate overdoses.
Our nation is in danger of being lost down there. Rep. Clay Higgins, a Republican from Louisiana, stated that Alejandro Mayorkas is the individual who is accountable for carrying out that program.
“You do not have a right to demean this institution, to bastardize the impeachment clause of the Constitution, to belittle the standard of constitutional impeachment to such a degree that you can’t even produce a legal memo in support of your articles of impeachment that do not exist in history and do not exist in the law,” Republican Representative Dan Goldman, D-NY., stated.
Following a contentious debate that lasted for several months, the hearing is finally taking place. The investigation of Mayorkas was initiated by Green’s committee in the previous year, and in November, impeachment articles were referred to the committee by the House.
In the beginning of this month, the committee convened two hearings to consider impeachment. In spite of the fact that Mayorkas had expressed his willingness to testify, he did not do so.
This remains a contentious issue between the two parties on who was accountable for the incident. On Tuesday, however, he dispatched a lengthy letter in which he criticized the procedures and defended his performance while he was in office.
The current version of our immigration laws was last revised in the year 1996. According to Mayorkas, “Our immigration laws were simply not built for the migration patterns that are prevalent in the 21st century.”
The House Homeland Security Committee is meeting today to advance articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, likely paving the way for a full House vote in the coming days. https://t.co/sEtQTVK2xu
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As evidence, he cited statistics that included a half million deletions since May, as well as daily removals that were nearly twice as high as they were throughout the period of 2014-2019.
The apprehension rate has remained at 78%, which is the same as it was during the previous administration, and there has been a big rise in the number of removal flights that have taken place within the Western Hemisphere, according to him.
In addition to this, he is referring to the increased hiring of Border Patrol agents, the anti-smuggling campaign, and the strengthened anti-fentanyl operation, which has resulted in an increase in the number of seizures of the lethal narcotic.