House Republicans impeach Homeland Security Secretary in historic and controversial decision.

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On Tuesday evening, the House of Representatives, which is run by Republicans, narrowly impeached Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas for what they believe is his failure to enforce border rules in the midst of a “crisis” of increasing illegal immigration. Mayorkas has denied these charges, calling them “baseless.”

The historic move, which is just the second Cabinet impeachment since the country’s formation, after William Belknap in 1876, has been condemned by several Republicans and a significant number of Democrats because it is based on disagreements regarding policy policies rather than accusations of specific crimes. In addition, supporters of conservatism have attempted to portray Mayorkas as incompetent.

The House Republican Caucus attempted to impeach Mayorkas on the same allegations last week, but they were unsuccessful.
Speaker Mike Johnson issued a statement accusing Mayorkas of “fueling the worst border catastrophe in American history.” The statement was issued after the vote that took place on Tuesday.

“[He] deserves to be impeached, and Congress has a constitutional obligation to do so,” according to Johnson. “Next to a declaration of war, impeachment is arguably the most serious authority given to the House and we have treated this matter accordingly.”

House Republicans impeach Homeland Security Secretary in historic and controversial decision.

As a response, a spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security issued a statement in which they stated, “without a shred of evidence or legitimate Constitutional grounds, and despite bipartisan opposition, House Republicans have falsely smeared a dedicated public servant who has spent more than 20 years enforcing our laws and serving our country.”
“Secretary Mayorkas and the Department of Homeland Security will continue working every day to keep Americans safe,” according to the spokeswoman.

On Tuesday, the articles of impeachment against Mayorkas were approved by a vote of 214-213, with the majority consisting of only Republicans and three Republicans voting against impeachment alongside Democrats.

Representatives Judy Chu and Lois Frankel, both of the Democratic Party, and Representatives Brian Mast and Maria Salazar, both of the Republican Party, did not cast a vote.

The same three Republicans who voted against an earlier move to impeach Mayorkas last week, Representatives Ken Buck, Mike Gallagher, and Tom McClintock, have maintained their opposition to the impeachment motion.

The trial of Mayorkas will now take place in the Senate, which is dominated by Democrats. In order to condemn him and remove him from office, a second-thirds majority vote will be required, which is an extremely unusual occurrence.

On Tuesday evening, the majority leader of the Senate, Chuck Schumer, referred to the impeachment as a “sham,” echoing the sentiments of Democrats who believe that Republicans have taken advantage of Mayorkas in order to attack President Joe Biden’s measures on the border and to bring attention to immigration.

According to the results of polls, the majority of people are unhappy with how Biden has handled the situation.

 

A statement issued by the president expressed his disapproval of the vote that took place on Tuesday. In the statement, the president said, “History will not look kindly on House Republicans for their blatant act of unconstitutional partisanship.”

There will be a return to the Senate on February 26 after a two-week hiatus.

Following the conclusion of the state work session, the impeachment managers of the House of Representatives will propose the articles of impeachment to the Senate. On the next day, senators will take their oaths of office as jurors in the trial. According to Schumer’s office, Senate President Pro Tempore Patty Murray will serve as the presiding officer.

House Republicans impeach Homeland Security Secretary in historic and controversial decision.

According to the articles of impeachment that have been filed against Mayorkas, Republicans have accused him of “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” and “breach of public trust” in the midst of an increase in the number of undocumented migrants crossing the border.

A Republican from Tennessee named Mark Green, who is the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and led the inquiry into the impeachment of President Trump, has referenced Mayorkas’s discussion of “operational control” of the United States border, which Congress had previously defined as zero illegal crossings.

It has been brought to Mayorkas’s attention that according to this criterion, no administration has been able to achieve operational control. In an earlier appearance before the Congress, Mayorkas stated that he was of the opinion that there was a type of operational control, but that he was not adhering to the term that was outlined in the statute that was in effect at the time.

Green, on the other hand, has argued that Mayorkas’ behavior is still disqualifying regardless of whether or not it is criminal: “The founders designed impeachment not just to remove officials engaged in criminal behavior, but those guilty of such gross incompetence that their behavior had endangered their fellow Americans, betrayed the public trust, and represented a neglect of duty.”

“Our country has suffered from an unprecedented border crisis that has turned every state into a border state, causing untold suffering in communities across our country,” Green said in a statement, praising the successful resolution of the impeachment vote that took place on Tuesday. This vote has made it quite apparent that the United States Congress will not tolerate lawlessness of this nature.

Rep. Buck of Colorado, along with other individuals who are opposed to the impeachment movement, has stated that the articles do not demonstrate any specific crimes or malfeasance, but rather reflect a political quarrel with the administration of Vice President Joe Biden.

“This administration has removed, returned, or expelled more migrants in three years than the previous administration did in four years,” the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stated in a document that was distributed before to the vote occurring on Tuesday.

 

In a stunning turn of events, the earlier attempt to impeach Mayorkas was unsuccessful last week. The three Republicans who were present voted against it, joined by all of the Democrats who were present.

This resulted in a significant loss for Speaker Johnson and the other Republican leaders in the House.

President Johnson told reporters on Capitol Hill the next day, “Last night was a setback, but democracy is messy,” in an effort to mitigate the negative impact of the losses. The current era is one in which the government is split. In this situation, the margin of victory is extremely slim, and every vote counts.

After undergoing treatment for blood cancer, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise subsequently returned to Washington in order to assist his party in achieving a slender majority in the second vote, which took place on Tuesday.

House Republicans impeach Homeland Security Secretary in historic and controversial decision.

According to a statement released by Scalise’s office on Thursday, the individual “successfully completed his autologous stem cell treatment and has been medically cleared to resume travel.”

The Republican from Louisiana is claimed to be in “complete remission,” according to his staff at the time.

During an appearance on the Sunday edition of “Meet the Press” on NBC, Mayorkas emphasized that the influx of migrants across the border has been a problem for years and that legislative action is required to improve the system.

Along the southwest border, there were 302,000 encounters in the month of December, which is the largest monthly number that has ever been recorded.

A question was posed to Mayorkas by Kristen Welker regarding whether or not he is responsible for the influx of migrants crossing the border, which President Biden has also referred to as a “crisis.”

“It certainly is a crisis, and, well, we don’t bear responsibility for a broken system and we’re doing a tremendous amount within that broken system,” according to Mayorkas. “But, fundamentally, fundamentally, Congress is the only one who can fix that.”

The vote in the Senate to adopt a bipartisan foreign aid bill that included big new border restrictions was unsuccessful last week. This was a blow to the negotiators who had worked with Mayorkas for months to develop the border accord. Johnson and a number of other prominent Republicans who were opposed to the agreement believed that it was inadequate.

In an interview with NBC, Mayorkas stated that the system had not been fixed for thirty years. “A bipartisan group of senators have now presented us with the tools and resources we need … and yet, Congress killed it before even reading it.”

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