In the wake of emotional testimony from two victims of the border crisis, Republicans on the House Homeland Security Committee moved forward with their efforts to impeach Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas. Meanwhile, Democrats moved to have their own hearing and criticized what they referred to as a “MAGA spectacle” from the majority.
After emotional testimony, Republicans impeach Mayorkas; Dems call it ‘MAGA circus’
All of the Republicans who were members of the committee voted in favor of moving forward with the impeachment of Mayorkas. Republicans have accused Mayorkas of mishandling the continuing issue at the southern border through his actions. Before the month comes to a close, it is anticipated that the impeachment will be marked up.
“The Secretary has consistently willfully and systematically refused to follow the laws passed by Congress, abused his authority, and breached the trust of Congress and the American people on numerous occasions,” the 18 Republicans stated during the congressional hearing.
“The result of his failure to fulfill his oath of office has been a border crisis that is unprecedented in American history—a crisis that has cost the lives of thousands of Secretary Mayorkas’ fellow Americans,” according to the report.
Tammy Nobles, whose daughter was slain by an illegal immigrant MS-13 gang member, and Josephine Dunn, whose daughter was poisoned by fentanyl, both testified during the hearing itself, which was the second impeachment hearing. The hearing itself centered on the victims of crime and featured testimony from both of these individuals.
This is not a matter of political concern. There is a threat to the safety of every single person who resides in the United States. It was possible that this was the daughter of anyone. Nobles exclaimed, “I do not want any other parent to go through the nightmare that I am currently going through.”
“In my humble opinion, Mr. Mayorkas’ border policy is partially responsible for my daughter’s death,” Dunn stated, saying that Arizona had become a “fentanyl superhighway” into the United States. Dunn’s daughter had been killed during the border crossing.
However, in the midst of that testimony, there was a heated political back-and-forth between Republicans and Democrats on the testimony of Mayorkas himself as well as the possibility of future hearings. Despite the fact that Mayorkas had stated that he was unable to attend this hearing, he had indicated that he was eager to testify in person.
The Republican Party has stated that the lack of detail constitutes stonewalling and that they have been attempting to convince him to appear in a hearing that is specifically focused on the border since August.
To refute the assertions, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) accused Republicans of “playing politics.”
Because it does not fit into their bad faith, premeditated, and unconstitutional rush to impeach Secretary Mayorkas, it is quite evident that they are not interested in hearing from Secretary Mayorkas. “The Secretary made an offer to testify publicly before the Committee the previous week; however, in the time that has passed since then, the Committee has not responded to the Department of Homeland Security in order to find a date that is mutually agreeable,” spokesperson Mia Ehrenberg stated before the hearing.
After accusing Secretary Mayorkas of “indefinite delays,” the majority of users commented on X, which was formerly known as Twitter, by saying, “Secretary Mayorkas can object all he wants, but the paper trail is clear—he has consistently, tacitly refused to show up.”
In a statement released on Thursday, the White House made a statement in which it accused Republicans of “choosing to play extreme, far-right politics” and of “attempting to scapegoat a Cabinet secretary who is actively working to find solutions to a problem that Congressional Republicans have spent years refusing to actually solve.”
On Thursday, the committee’s Democrats made a motion to call for a hearing with the minority serving as the chair. They said that the rules of the House demand such a hearing in the event of an impeachment investigation. The Republicans of the Republican Party contended that it is not required because they have their own witness present at the hearing.
Bennie Thompson, serving as the ranking member, made the accusation that Republicans had “predetermined the outcome.”
This is not a true impeachment by any means. In his words, “It is a Make America Great Again spectacle, paid for with American tax dollars for the political gain of the Republican Party.”
This fight is the most recent explosive moment in the ongoing conflict between Republicans and the administration of Vice President Joe Biden on the border.
Republicans have blamed the crisis on the administration of Vice President Joe Biden, claiming that the administration’s “catch-and-release” policies, reduced interior enforcement, and rollback of border policies implemented during the Trump administration have caused the unprecedented surge to the border. As a result, Border Patrol agents are overwhelmed and unable to stop the influx of fentanyl and drugs that have escaped from prison.
The government has stated that it is coping with a crisis that affects the entire hemisphere and that it requires additional funding and immigration reform from Congress. It has also brought attention to what it claims to be a record number of removals since May, which is higher than the total number of removals made for the entire fiscal year 2019, as well as record seizures of fentanyl at the border.