Republican lawmakers are working to remove Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, according to The Washington Times.
Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs announced on Friday that he will file articles of impeachment against Mayorkas calling him a “threat” to national security.
While it’s taught that the articles are unlikely to make significant headway in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, the move shines a light on concerns Republicans have about Mayorkas and the DHS.
According to the Times report, there are several members of Congress who have deep doubt about direction the DHS has taken the Biden Administration intelligence, and Biggs believes it’s the fault of Mayorkas:
“As a result of his actions and policies, America is more in danger today than when he began serving as secretary,” the congressman said. “He is willfully refusing to maintain operational control of the border and is encouraging aliens to enter our country illegally.”
According to Biggs, Mayorkas has violated his oath of office and is therefore guilty of dereliction of duty and should be impeached from his position as head of the department.
The Times reported that impeachment of the cabinet member would require a majority in the House and a two-thirds majority in the Senate, also something unlikely given the current party makeup.
Possibly the most polarizing thing Americans have known Mayorkas for is his leniency over migrant children at the border between the United States and Mexico and the hardline stance that no refugees coming to the United States from Cuba by boat would be considered for refugee status.
Conservatives questioned whether this is due to the starkly liberal stance many immigrants from South and Central America take, versus the overwhelmingly conservative political nature of most recently-communist ruled Cuban immigrants.