US House Republicans Seek to Impeach President Biden’s Border Chief

A Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives committee will seek to impeach Alejandro Mayorkas, President Joe Biden’s secretary of homeland security, over allegations of “egregious misconduct and refusal to enforce the law” in his duty of managing the U.S.-Mexico border.

Thorough investigation

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In a recent statement to CNN, a spokesperson said the House Homeland Security Committee had conducted “a comprehensive investigation into Secretary Mayorkas’s handling of, and role in, the unprecedented crisis at the south-west border.”

Hearings to come

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“Following the bipartisan vote in the House to refer articles of impeachment against the secretary to our committee, we will be conducting hearings and taking up those articles in the coming weeks.”

January hearing

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The House Homeland Security Committee’s first hearing regarding the impeachment allegations will be held on January 10. Its press release also said witnesses would be announced before the hearing.

Greene’s measure defeated

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In November 2023, a resolution to impeach the secretary of homeland security was blocked and referred to the committee. Eight Republicans then sided with Democrats against the measure introduced by far-right MAGA Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene.

Record asylum numbers

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Republicans have been highly critical of the president over worsening conditions at the border, with Biden officials acknowledging a backlog of 3 million asylum cases. Seeking tough reforms, Republicans have made the issue central to discussions over federal government funding and aid to Ukraine and have focused their criticism on Mayorkas.

Republicans doing it for the taxpayers

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The House Republican spokesperson recently told CNN impeachment would “ensure that the public is aware of the scope of Secretary Mayorkas’s egregious misconduct and refusal to enforce the law.”

GOP wasting time and money

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A Department of Homeland Security spokesperson responded by accusing Republicans of “wasting valuable time and taxpayer dollars pursuing a baseless political exercise that has been rejected by members of both parties and already failed on a bipartisan vote.”

Political distraction

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“There is no valid basis to impeach Secretary Mayorkas, as senior members of the House majority have attested, and this extreme impeachment push is a harmful distraction from our critical national security priorities.”

Mayorkas won’t fight proceedings

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In a statement to NBC, Mayorkas said he would “most certainly” cooperate with the impeachment proceedings and added, “And I’m going to continue to do my work, as well.”

Hard-working border chief

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Mayorkas said his work involved “join[ing] the bipartisan group of senators to work on a legislative solution to a broken immigration system. I was on the Hill yesterday to provide technical advice in those ongoing negotiations. Before I headed to the Hill, I was in the office working on solutions. After my visit to the Hill, I was back in my office, working on solutions.”

Mayorkas says more help is needed

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In his interview with CNN, the border chief said his department lacked the resources to “perform our jobs as fully and completely as we could. We need additional personnel to advance our security at the border. We need technology to advance our fight against fentanyl [coming into the US]. We need additional asylum officers to really accelerate the asylum adjudication process.”

Senate to the rescue

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Should the Republican-controlled House vote to impeach Mayorkas, he is ultimately unlikely to be convicted by a trial in the Senate, which the Democrats control by a thin margin.

GOP voted for border cuts

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Deputy Biden administration press secretary Andrew Bates said, “After voting in 2023 to eliminate over 2,000 border patrol agents and erode our capacity to seize fentanyl, House Republicans left Washington in mid-December even as President Biden and Republicans and Democrats in the Senate remained to forge ahead on a bipartisan agreement.”

Politics before border security

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Bates added that House Republicans had “obstructed [Biden’s] reform proposal and consistently voted against his unprecedented border security funding year after year, hamstringing our border security in the name of extreme, partisan demands.”

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