Republicans to consider articles of impeachment against Mayorkas

The House Homeland Security Committee in Washington, D.C. is scheduled to meet to consider articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on a charge that he has failed to secure the border.

The hearing, entitled “Havoc in the Heartland: How Secretary Mayorkas’ Failed Leadership Has Impacted the States,” is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time in the Cannon House Office Building. The event is the first in an expected series of hearings on the matter. Wednesday’s witnesses include state attorneys general Austin Knudsen of Montana, Gentner Drummond of Oklahoma, and Andrew Bailey of Missouri. A University of Missouri law professor is also scheduled to testify.

Texans on the committee include Reps. Tony Gonzales (R-TX-23), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18), Morgan Luttrell (R-TX-08), Michael McCaul (R-TX-10), and August Pfluger (R-TX-11).

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA-14) was the lead proponent of an impeachment effort when it came to the House floor in November. Instead of taking a direct vote on the substance of the accusation, the chamber voted to send the resolution to the Homeland Security Committee. Eight Republicans joined Democrats in supporting the decision.

The Georgia congresswoman alleges that Mayorkas has “engaged in a pattern of conduct that is incompatible with the laws of the United States.” Specifically, the charge says that Mayorkas has failed to maintain operational control over the border.

“In his willful admittance of border crossers, terrorists, human traffickers, drugs, and other contraband, Alejandro Nicholas Mayorkas has failed to maintain operational control over the border, thereby violating the Secure Fence Act of 2006,” the charge states.

In addition, the charge says that Mayorkas violated the Guarantee Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Invoking the concept that illegal immigration constitutes an “invasion” of the country, Republicans are accusing him of “allowing the invasion of approximately 10,000,000 illegals across our borders.” The article cited the estimated number of enforcement encounters and known “gotaways” since the beginning of Mayorkas’ tenure.

Critics of the impeachment effort say that it is motivated by partisan politics and is a misuse of the impeachment process. Impeachment is typically reserved for serious allegations of misconduct; in fact, the last impeachment of a cabinet secretary happened in the 19th century.

Mayorkas has ascribed the historic level of illegal immigration to causes such as authoritarianism in other countries and climate change. The federal Customs and Border Protection agency recently noted that the federal government is contending with the “largest displacement of individuals globally since World War II.”

The removal of Mayorkas would require two-thirds of the U.S. Senate to cast votes in favor of conviction. With a Democratic majority, the Senate is unlikely to convict Mayorkas.

Dan Butcher

Dan Butcher (aka HP Pundit) is not a Democrat or Republican. He is a free thinking independent bringing you news and commentary with a dose of much needed common sense.

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