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 January 29, 2024

House reveals 2 articles of impeachment against DHS Secretary Mayorkas

On Sunday, a House panel led by the GOP unveiled two articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, citing concerns over his management of the ongoing border crisis.

This move represents a significant escalation in the political tension surrounding immigration policies and border security.

The announcement

The first article accuses Mayorkas of a "willful and systemic refusal to comply with Federal immigration laws," while the second alleges a breach of public trust.

Specifically, it claims that Mayorkas made false statements and "knowingly obstructed lawful oversight" of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

These charges reflect a deep-seated dissatisfaction among some lawmakers with Mayorkas's approach to the complex issues at the border.

Next steps

The Homeland Security Committee is scheduled to convene on Tuesday morning to deliberate on these articles of impeachment.

If either or both articles pass the committee, Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) has indicated that the House would swiftly proceed to vote on Mayorkas's impeachment.

Chairman Mark Green (R-TN) underscored the urgency of impeachment, stating, "Having exhausted all other options to hold Secretary Mayorkas accountable, it is unmistakably clear that Congress must exercise its constitutional duty and impeach him."

This statement aligns with a broader frustration within some circles of Congress regarding the handling of immigration matters.

Republicans and Democrats in conflict

Despite potential challenges within the GOP ranks, Green expressed confidence that there would be sufficient support for Mayorkas's impeachment during a House floor vote. The prospect of success in the Democrat-controlled Senate remains uncertain, given the partisan divide.

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), the top Democrat on the Homeland Security Committee, urged the House to reject what he labeled a "sham" resolution.

In a statement, he pointed out the absence of real charges or evidence meeting the constitutional standard for impeachment, asserting that this move appears more politically motivated than rooted in substantial wrongdoing.

During an appearance on "Fox News Sunday," Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) justified the impeachment effort by attributing various border-related challenges to Mayorkas, including encounters with individuals on the terrorist watchlist and deaths related to fentanyl. These claims underscore the gravity with which some lawmakers view the situation at the border.

The ongoing battle reflects the intricate challenges surrounding immigration policy, the political polarization over the Biden administration's border crisis and the need to make drastic changes to improve the situation.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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