Republicans in the House of Representatives have introduced two articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. They are moving quickly to remove him from office, blaming him for the complex immigration situation on the US-Mexico border. The number of illegal crossings on the southern border has increased, and Republicans are criticizing President Joe Biden’s border and immigration policy. They are holding Mayorkas responsible for “high crimes and misdemeanors” and claim that impeachment is “Congress’s only viable option.”
The impeachment resolution accuses Mayorkas of deliberately and systematically refusing to comply with immigration laws, failing to control the border, compromising public safety, and violating the rule of law and the separation of powers established in the Constitution. Democrats and the agency have dismissed the measure as a politically motivated stunt without constitutional basis.
Border security and immigration are key issues in the 2024 political campaigns, and former President Donald Trump, the favorite for the Republican presidential nomination, has promised to launch “operation of deportation” if he returns to the White House.
The committee specifically criticizes the implementation of parole programs for family reunification and accuses Mayorkas of making false statements to Congress over border security and obstructing oversight. Committee Chairman Mark Green said that the articles present a clear, compelling, and irrefutable case for the removal of Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
The Department of Homeland Security responded with a memo, stating that Republicans undermined efforts to achieve bipartisan solutions and ignored the facts, jurists, and experts, and even the Constitution itself in their eagerness to impeach Mayorkas without basis.
The Homeland Security Committee plans to vote on the articles of impeachment and then send them to the full House of Representatives for consideration. The articles require a simple majority to be approved in the House. The Senate would then hold the impeachment trial, where two-thirds would be needed in favor of the dismissal of Mayorkas, something that seems unlikely because the Senate is controlled by Democrats.
Mexican authorities have charged Mayorkas with “letting immigrants pass” to the US, and some immigrants have denounced this.
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