House Republicans are rapidly moving forward with the impeachment process against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. In the Capitol, the previous hearing on the matter was held this Thursday without the secretary attending.
Republicans argue that Mayorkas has failed in his duty to manage the southern border, as the United States has seen a monthly increase in illegal crossings and rampant trafficking of drugs such as fentanyl.
Mark Green, a Republican lawmaker from Tennessee, said:
“Secretary Mayorkas’ refusal to enforce the law, which requires him to detain and remove illegal aliens, has sadly increased crime and endangered public safety across the country.”
The Department of Homeland Security criticized the impeachment attempt as a “baseless” political attack, while Democrats argued Thursday that Republicans have so far failed to identify a crime to charge Mayorkas with. .
Bennie Thompson, Mississippi Democratic Legislator, said:
“You cannot impeach the cabinet secretary because you do not like the policies of the president. That is not the purpose of impeachment. That’s not what the Constitution says. Unfortunately, Republicans are willing to undermine the Constitution.
Mayorkas has testified before Congress more than any other Cabinet official: 27 times in less than three years. But Republicans say the secretary refused to appear Thursday. His spokeswoman, Mia Ehrenberg, explained that it was only due to a conflict with his schedule.
“It is very clear that they are not interested in listening to Secretary Mayorkas because it does not suit their bad faith, premeditated, and unconstitutional rush to impeach him.”
The White House argued on Thursday that the impeachment trial was unconstitutional, something an expert also confirmed during the hearing, and urged Republicans to abandon it. The House plans to vote on the matter on January 31.
Although the Republican-controlled House puts Mayorkas on trial, he cannot be convicted in the Senate, which has a Democratic majority and needs a two-thirds vote of senators to remove him from office. However, Mayorkas was the first cabinet official to be indicted since 1876.