On Saturday, the House of Representatives released articles of impeachment against Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Nicholas Mayorkas, charging him with high crimes and misdemeanors.
Proposed as an amendment to H.R. 863 by Rep. Mark Green (R-TN), the substitute outlines serious allegations against Mayorkas, marking a significant escalation in the ongoing discourse surrounding immigration policies and border security.
The articles of impeachment, presented by the House, detail Mayorkas’s deliberate and systematic failure to adhere to the law, inability to effectively manage the border to the detriment of national security, compromise of public safety, and infringement upon the rule of law and separation of powers as outlined in the Constitution.
Article I of the Impeachment, titled “Willful and Systemic Refusal to Comply with the Law,” accuses Secretary Mayorkas of intentionally and systematically disregarding federal immigration statutes. It argues that his actions, or lack thereof, have facilitated the entry of millions of illegal immigrants into the United States.
Per the resolution, these actions not only violate the Constitutional principle of separation of powers but also pose significant threats to national security and impose considerable burdens on states and localities.
Among the specific violations is the alleged refusal to adhere to the detention requirements outlined in the Immigration and Nationality Act, resulting in what is termed as a “catch and release” program.
The resolution points to various sections of the Act that it alleges Mayorkas has blatantly disregarded, leading to the unlawful release of immigrants and the failure to detain individuals as mandated by law.
Article II, titled “Breach of Public Trust,” levels accusations against Mayorkas for violating public trust through making false statements and obstructing lawful oversight of the Department of Homeland Security.
This includes allegations that Mayorkas provided Congress with false information regarding border security and the vetting process for Afghan refugees, as well as his failure to comply with subpoenas issued by congressional committees.
Furthermore, the amendment accuses Mayorkas of neglecting his statutory obligation to manage the border and prevent illegal entry. It references his termination of programs like the Migrant Protection Protocols and contracts for border wall construction, asserting that these decisions directly contributed to an increase in illegal border crossings.
ABC News reported:
House Republicans on Sunday released two articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas — accusing him of “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” and “breach of public trust.”
“These articles lay out a clear, compelling, and irrefutable case for Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ impeachment,” House Homeland Security Chairman Mark Green, R-Tenn., said in a statement.
The new articles of impeachment are set to be reviewed in committee on Tuesday and then would need to be adopted by the full chamber in order to put Mayorkas on trial in the Senate and potentially remove him.
House Speaker Mike Johnson said Friday that such a vote will occur “as soon as possible.
December marked yet another record-breaking month for encounters at the Southern border.
The Epoch Times reported:
A record-breaking number of illegal immigrants crossed the U.S.-Mexico border last month, according to data released Friday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), as the border crisis continues to rage with no end in sight.
A stunning 371,036 encounters were caught entering the United States illegally in December, the data show, breaking the previous record of 341,392 set in August 2023.
Encounters along the southwest land border also set a new record, hitting 302,034, per other data released by CBP on Jan. 26
Read the Articles of Impeachment introduced by Rep. Mark Green below:
On Tuesday, the House Homeland Security Committee is scheduled to vote on the articles of impeachment, aiming to forward them to the full House for review. Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) has indicated that the House would vote promptly thereafter.
According to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, “Tuesday on our Homeland Security Committee we are voting to impeach Secretary Mayorkas.”
Tuesday on our Homeland Security Committee we are voting to impeach Secretary Mayorkas.— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) January 28, 2024
Here are the facts about the Articles of Impeachment. pic.twitter.com/eR38GeTwLn
Approval only requires a majority in the House. Following this, the Senate would hold a trial, and a conviction would need a two-thirds majority, which is highly unlikely given the current Democrat control of the Senate.