Friday, House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-MN) called for the impeachment of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
The Republican cited Mayorkas' "failure to act," saying it necessitates his removal from office, as Breitbart News reported.
Since Mayorkas has not resigned, "he should be impeached," Emmer stated to Breitbart News. During a Friday one-on-one interview in his Capitol Hill office, the Minnesota Republican delved into the controversial topic of impeachment.
The Republican stated that the overburdened southern border represents the "greatest malfeasance" on the part of President Joe Biden's top border official.
“They talk about being humane. Children are disappearing. People are getting killed,” Emmer said. “You’ve got 80 people that have come across the southern border that are on the terrorist watch list.”
Emmer's remarks come a day after Biden lifted the Title 42 border barrier, a policy former President Donald Trump enacted in the name of coronavirus that served as one of the last weapons for border officials to combat surges of illegal immigration.
According to federal data, the Biden administration had encountered more than five million illegal immigrants at the southern border prior to Thursday.
“This, to me, is the greatest malfeasance, and malfeasance is — it’s not a failure to act — it’s an intentional failure to act. Mayorkas should be impeached,” Emmer said. “I think we should be talking seriously about that regardless of what this feckless Senate might want to do.”
However, Emmer, the third-ranking Republican in the House, inferred that the Biden administration has "blood on their hands."
This was a similar assessment to what House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) made at a press conference the day before.
“Mayorkas is guilty of child abuse, in my opinion, by not vetting the sponsors of the parents, supposedly, or sponsors of these children,” McCaul told reporters after the House passed Republicans’ marquee border security bill on Thursday.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said in a statement to Breitbart News during a March interview that he was open to possible impeachment proceedings against Mayorkas:
“The one thing I’ve always said is we’re not like Democrats; we don’t do impeachment just for political purposes,” McCarthy said. “But if something rises to that occasion — that’s why we will do all the homework on what has transpired down here and if that reaches to an impeachment inquiry, we’ll follow through with that.”
when pressed, Emmer doubled down on his support for severe action against Mayorkas, saying, “I know that we’re going to have members — much like other constitutional disagreements we’ve had, there’s probably going to be a member who says … who’s a stickler about high crimes and misdemeanors.
“I believe if you look at the actual law and the precedent that’s been set — and forget about the phony impeachment stuff that the Democrats have been doing for political stunts — this one’s a real, real issue. You can see the pictures live every day. You have an administration and an idiot that’s in charge of the border. I don’t know where 85,000 children went.”