The House Homeland Security Committee approved articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
According to The Washington Times, the two articles of impeachment passed the GOP-led committee by a party-line 18-15 vote early Wednesday morning.
“The facts are indisputable—for three years, Secretary Mayorkas has willfully and systemically refused to comply with the laws enacted by Congress, and he has breached the public trust. His actions created this unprecedented crisis, turning every state into a border state,” Chairman Mark Green (R-TN) commented, according to Just the News.
“As a result, thousands of Americans have lost their lives and our nation is experiencing a historic national security, public safety, and humanitarian catastrophe. Make no mistake, Secretary Mayorkas’ lawlessness is exactly what the Framers of our Constitution designed impeachment to remedy. The historical record makes it clear—Congress holds impeachment power to hold accountable public officials who refuse to do their duty, and to deal with grave harms to our political order,” he continued.
“The House Committee on Homeland Security just voted to advance articles of impeachment against DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas out of committee,” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) wrote.
🚨 BREAKING: The House Committee on Homeland Security just voted to advance articles of impeachment against DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas out of committee. pic.twitter.com/5Ik873But9
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) January 31, 2024
Just the News noted:
The articles of impeachment against Mayorkas, which passed 18-15, deal with a “breach of trust” as well as a “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law.”
The articles will now be considered by the full House of Representatives at a later date.
“As a Member of the Homeland Security Committee, I voted to bring the Articles of Impeachment against Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to the House Floor for VIOLATING THE LAW!” Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R-FL) said.
🚨As a Member of the Homeland Security Committee, I voted to bring the Articles of Impeachment against Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to the House Floor for VIOLATING THE LAW! pic.twitter.com/sR1bJjEfmI
— Rep. Carlos A. Gimenez (@RepCarlos) January 31, 2024
“I was the first Member of Congress to file impeachment articles against DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas more than two years ago. Today is his day of reckoning,” Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) commented.
I was the first Member of Congress to file impeachment articles against DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas more than two years ago.
Today is his day of reckoning. pic.twitter.com/9bcCo3XvQ7
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) January 30, 2024
The Washington Times reports:
Speaker Mike Johnson has signaled he wants a quick floor vote to follow, and Republicans said the eventual outcome is certain.
“We’re going to impeach him because he has broken the law,” said Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Georgia Republican. “He has violated his oath of office. He is breaking federal immigration law. Americans are dying. It’s the No. 1 issue all over the country.”
Democrats acknowledged they have little chance of derailing the impeachment in the full House, and spent much of the day laying the groundwork for Mr. Mayorkas’ defense when the matter moves to the Senate.
They accused Republicans of using impeachment to try to scuttle the ongoing bipartisan negotiations in the Senate over border security, saying the GOP is trying to deliver a political issue to former President Donald Trump in his looming election rematch with President Biden.
Democrats tried to rewrite the articles of impeachment into attacks on Mr. Trump, but those efforts were shot down by Republicans, who said the issue wasn’t the upcoming elections but rather the last three years of Mr. Mayorkas’ handling of the border.Advertisement