GOP lawmakers are even more geared up for the impeachment of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas amid record migrant encounters.
WATCH LIVE: Rep. Biggs holds Press Conference calling on House GOP to impeach DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas https://t.co/9k8FEaWE95
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) December 13, 2022
House Republican lawmakers are calling for Mayorkas’ impeachment in light of a migration surge the Biden administration has seen. About 4 million migrants have entered the United States illegally since President Joe Biden took office. Of that number, 2.4 million arrived in the fiscal year 2022 alone.
According to GOP lawmakers, the influx of illegal migrants at the border is not the result of Mayorkas’ incompetence or negligence but the outcome of a “willful and intentional” plan.
Alejandro Mayorkas has forsaken his sworn oath and refuses to enforce laws passed by Congress.
It’s time he faced the consequences.
Today, I led my GOP colleagues in calling for his immediate impeachment. pic.twitter.com/227JuWgct8
— Brian Babin (@RepBrianBabin) December 14, 2022
Several Republicans have also alleged that the chaos at the southern border is a plan by Mayorkas, who migrated to the U.S. himself after fleeing communist Cuba as a child.
Having been summoned by House Judiciary Republicans, Rep. Mayra Flores (R-TX) said that “nothing short of an impeachment and removal proceedings should be the outcome. This mirrors the thoughts of other conservative lawmakers who are hoping the impeachment can be done when the GOP gains control of the house in January. It is now on U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to commit to the cause in the next session of Congress.
Meanwhile, Mayorkas maintains that the border is secure. He claims that the Biden administration needs time to tackle the underlying causes of migration, get rid of criminal smuggling networks, and speed up the country’s asylum process. The Republican Party, as a whole, however, flags Mayorkas’ claims as untrue as they insist that he is a liar. “He regularly lies to the American people, claiming that the southern border is closed,” Rep. Lauren Boebert stated, adding that she has been at the border, and it is wide open.
Calls for Mayorkas impeachment came after McCarthy requested that he resign with a promise to launch investigations into the administration’s border policy. The investigation, the House Minority Leader warned, could lead to impeachment.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) also wrote him a letter in October to warn him that he could be impeached if illegal crossings into the U.S. don’t reduce. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) jointly signed the letter.
Mayorkas, however, made his intentions to stay in the department clear. “The Department will continue our work to enforce our laws and secure our border, while building a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system,” a November statement from the Department of Homeland Security read.
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