House Republicans would obviously like to impeach and remove President Joe Biden from office for a variety of reasons but, in addition to that lofty and unlikely goal, they have also set their sights on doing the same to Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas.
That was proven on Wednesday when Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) announced that he had filed an article of impeachment to remove Mayorkas for his deliberate and willful dereliction of duty in terms of the enforcement of existing border security and immigration laws, the Washington Examiner reported.
Article of impeachment filed
During a press conference on Wednesday in front of the U.S. Capitol building, and flanked by dozens of fellow House Republicans supportive of the effort, Rep. Biggs announced his intent to impeach and remove Sec. Mayorkas from his Cabinet position as head of the Department of Homeland Security.
“We don’t willy-nilly take upon us the notion of impeaching a member of the Biden Cabinet,” Biggs told reporters. “What you’re seeing is the systematic destruction of the geographical integrity of the United States of America. We don’t control our southern border. It is controlled by the criminal drug cartels of Mexico. That is critical to understand why we must undertake this most serious of actions.”
The resolution to impeach Mayorkas, which already has at least 28 cosponsors, lays out the alleged “high crimes and misdemeanors” of the secretary in relation to his apparent failure to uphold his sworn duties and oath of office.
“Every day Secretary Mayorkas remains in office America becomes less safe,” Biggs said in a statement. “Secretary Mayorkas is the chief architect of the migration and drug invasion at our southern border. His policies have incentivized more than 5 million illegal aliens to show up at our southern border — an all-time figure. Instead of enforcing the laws on the books and deporting or detaining these illegal aliens, the vast majority of them are released into the interior and never heard from again.”
“Thousands of pounds of drugs — including deadly fentanyl — continue to pour across the border unabated. Fentanyl is now the leading cause of death for Americans aged 18-45. These drugs could be stopped by a border fence and personnel, but Secretary Mayorkas has halted all wall construction and pulled agents from the front lines,” the congressman added. “It’s clear Secretary Mayorkas has committed high crimes and misdemeanors. His conduct is willful and intentional. He is not enforcing the law and is violating his oath of office. For these reasons, Secretary Mayorkas should be impeached.”
Other articles filed previously last month
Joining Rep. Biggs at the press conference, according to the Examiner, was Rep. Pat Fallon (R-TX), who had filed his own articles of impeachment against Sec. Mayorkas less than two weeks ago.
“I also introduced articles of impeachment on Alejandro Mayorkas. Let me be clear. Everyone is on the same team,” Fallon told the reporters. “I hope, quite frankly, there are more articles that are filed because there has been a gross dereliction of duty. We’re all here to achieve the same goal. We want to remove AM from office.”
Unlike the single article of impeachment filed by Biggs, the resolution filed by Fallon, which has garnered 39 cosponsors thus far, actually contains three separate articles that lay out the specific reasons why Mayorkas should be impeached and removed from office.
The first of those covers the violation of his oath and failure to perform his sworn duties, while the second asserted he “willfully provided perjurious, false, and misleading testimony to Congress,” and the third accused him of having “knowingly slandered” his own Border Patrol agents with regard to the false narrative about agents on horseback using the reins as whips to shepherd and corral unlawful migrants.
“Secretary Mayorkas has violated the law and his implemented policies that undermine law enforcement activities at our southern border,” Fallon said in a statement at the time the articles were introduced. “From perjuring himself before Congress about maintaining operational control of the border to the infamous ‘whipgate’ slander against our border patrol agents, Secretary Mayorkas has proven time and time again that he is unfit to lead the Department of Homeland Security. His willful actions erode our immigration system, undermine border patrol morale, and imperil American national security. He must be removed from office.”
The anticipated return of oversight and accountability
The Examiner noted that while these two separate impeachment resolutions against Sec. Mayorkas appears to be the first filed under the new House Republican majority, they actually follow several other similar resolutions filed in 2021 and 2022 that failed to gain any traction or even receive discussion and a vote under the prior Democratic majority in the House.
The outlet also pointed out that Rep. Biggs’ resolution appeared to be timed to coincide with a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the border crisis on Wednesday, the first such major step by the new Republican majority to reassert its oversight and accountability prerogative over DHS.