Sen. Cruz calls for Senate to impeach Mayorkas

 February 19, 2024

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is calling upon his fellow Republican Senators to grow a "backbone" and to impeach U.S. Homeland Security Secretary (HSS) Alejandro Mayorkas. 

The Hill reports that Cruz did so on Sunday during an appearance on Fox News's Sunday Morning Futures. 

Cruz's appearance comes after the U.S. House of Representatives, under the leadership of Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), voted to impeach Mayorkas. There will be more on this in a moment.

Cruz, now, is calling upon Republicans in the U.S. Senate to follow the lead of their Republican colleagues in the House.

Cruz: "Demonstrate some backbone"

Cruz, during his Fox News appearance, began by bringing up the fact that the Senate is currently controlled by the Democrats and that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is going to be looking to squash the impeachment effort.

"I got to tell you, with the Mayorkas impeachment, you know what Schumer wants to do? He doesn’t even want to have a trial. He doesn’t even want to have senators vote on guilty or not guilty. What he’s trying to do is simply table it, just put it aside," Cruz said.

The U.S. senator went on to highlight the fact that, in the history of America, "the Senate has never once tabled articles of impeachment." Cruz, then, called upon his fellow Senate Republicans to fight back against Schumer's effort to table Mayorkas' impeachment.

"And I got to say, look, if Republican leadership in the Senate doesn’t like the criticism, here’s an opportunity to demonstrate some backbone," Cruz said.

He added, "They could stand up and say, let’s have a trial. They can stand up and say, you cannot refuse to even follow the constitutional process for impeachment. You can’t dodge responsibility."


The House impeached Mayorkas on Tuesday.

Fox News, at the time, reported, "This is the first time a Cabinet secretary has been impeached by the U.S. Congress since 1876."

Mayorkas was impeached for failing to uphold the law, specifically, for failing to enforce America's immigration laws, which is evidenced by the record setting illegal immigration that has been taking place.

Cruz and his allies in the Senate have been pushing hard for Republican leadership in the upper chamber to force Schumer to proceed with an impeachment trial.

But, at the time of writing, there has been little sign of movement from the likes of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

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