As the nation’s southern frontier continues to resemble a sieve, agitated House Republicans plan to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in retaliation.
Several members of the House Judiciary Committee are impatient.
“He should be impeached as soon as humanly possible,” Republican Rep. Chip Roy of Texas told reporters Tuesday, according to Breitbart.
Virginia Republican Representative Ben Cline echoed this sentiment.
“I support beginning impeachment hearings. I’ve said that to Chairman Jordan,” Cline said, referring to Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. “My constituents think it’s long overdue, and I feel as though once we lay out the facts for the American people and for my colleagues in the House, it’ll be inevitable.”
Republicans have discussed Mayorkas’ impeachment since February. While Democrats control the Senate, acquittal on the charges is a foregone conclusion. This is one of the factors that has delayed hearings on the matter. Some Republicans in the House have opposed the impeachment process because they are aware that it will not be sufficient to remove Mayorkas from office.
Last week, however, the world changed as the Biden administration attained its objective of repealing Title 42, a Trump-era piece of pandemic health regulation used to deport illegal immigrants.
Now, thousands of migrants cross into the United States every day, overwhelming the existing border security.
This has revitalized efforts to remove Mayorkas from office.
Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona, a Republican who first proposed impeaching Mayorkas in 2021, is “full steam ahead,” according to his spokesman on Tuesday.
This is an outright invasion.
Mayorkas has got to go. https://t.co/5uYHXVA3fI
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) May 14, 2023
Breitbart reported, citing a source familiar with the situation, that Jordan is searching for the best strategy to pursue impeachment.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy of California has demanded that Mayorkas resign, but he has been less explicit about impeachment.
CNN reports that Georgia Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene met with McCarthy on Monday to discuss impeachment.
“There’s a lot of renewed interest,” Greene said.
William Belknap, secretary of war in the Ulysses Grant administration, was impeached by the House but absolved by the Senate in 1876, making him the last Cabinet secretary to be impeached.
“I know people are very frustrated with [Mayorkas],” McCarthy said, indicating he wants to avoid the appearance of impeachment “for political reasons.”
Rep. Don Bacon of Nebraska, a Republican, described an impeachment endeavor as “a lot of tires in the mud” and stated that the focus should be on the person who issued the orders, not the one who carried them out.
“In the end, President Biden owns this and is responsible and I hope the voters hold him accountable in November,” he said.
On Sunday, Mayorkas seemed to dismiss talk of impeachment.
“I am focused on the work in front of us, meeting the challenge not only with respect to the southern border but meeting the challenge of cyber, the cyber threat from cyber criminals and adverse foreign nations states,” he said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“I am focused on the increasing severity and frequency of extreme weather events. I am focused on the adverse actions of the People’s Republic of China, North Korea, Iran, Russia.
“I am focused on the work of the Department of Homeland Security. I will continue to focus on that work throughout my tenure.”