Prospective Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy has vowed to start impeachment proceedings against Biden Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas if he is voted in this January.
Most House Republicans have expressed support for impeaching Mayorkas due to his management of the crisis at the border, which has led to record illegal immigration numbers for two years in a row under the Biden administration.
Voters consistently said that immigration was one of their top five concerns in the runup to the midterm elections, forcing House Republicans to take a more hard line on the issue when they retake power.
Already, Senate Republicans, including two who broke with the party, voting to impeach President Trump, said that they will not vote to convict Mayorkas in the Senate if the House impeachment vote passes.
Senator Mitt Romney (R-Ut.) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Me.) said that they would not convict Mayorkas, with Romney saying that he does not believe Mayorkas has committed a high crime or misdemeanor.
Impeaching DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for failing to secure the southern border does not appear to have the support of the some Republican senators.
As border patrol has encountered more than 2.3 million illegal aliens at the border, with over 230,000 migrant encounters in October, establishment Sens. Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) appear averse to holding Mayorkas accountable for the southern border invasion.
“Someone has to commit a high crime or misdemeanor for that to be a valid inquiry,” Romney told Politico about impeachment standards. “I haven’t seen any accusation of that nature whatsoever.”
“There are a lot of things I disagree with … but that doesn’t rise to impeachment,” he said about Mayorkas.
Collins, a pro-Donald Trump impeachment vote and McConnell ally, brushed off the question of whether Mayorkas should be impeached.
“That’s not something I’ve heard discussed over here,” Collins replied.