The Republicans in the Lower House are accusing the secretary of violating public trust and refusing to comply with immigration laws, leading to a surge in immigrants crossing the border with Mexico. Border security has become a major issue in this election year and is being used as a focal point in the Republican campaign against Biden. Democratic representatives are expected to oppose the two articles of impeachment against Mayorkas, and at least two Republicans in the Lower House have already announced that they will also vote against it.
According to the Democrats, the charges against Mayorkas are false and do not warrant an impeachment trial, as they do not meet the constitutional standards of treason, bribery, or “high crimes and misdemeanors.” “This is a total waste of time,” said Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., at Monday’s Homeland Security Committee hearing before the vote. Mayorkas, a former federal prosecutor, did not testify on his own behalf but presented a letter to the panel defending his work, which is also unusual.
This political trial is highly unusual. Since 1876, a Cabinet secretary has not faced impeachment charges, and it is the first time that an acting secretary will do so. It is unlikely that Johnson will be able to garner enough Republican support to remove Mayorkas. At least two Republicans in the Lower House have already announced that they will vote against the two articles of impeachment: California representative Tom McClintock and Colorado representative Ken Buck. In a 10-page memo, McClintock criticized Mayorkas’ work but said his colleagues had failed to identify any type of crime or serious misconduct.
Even if Mayorkas is impeached in the House, he is not expected to be convicted in a Senate impeachment trial, where Democrats have a majority and several Republicans have also supported bipartisan legislative efforts. The impeachment process, which was once rare in the United States, has been used to enforce the Constitution but has increasingly become a political weapon.
Alejandro Mayorkas has spoken about how his Cuban heritage has influenced his career.
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