Sunday, March 3, 2024

Republicans move to trial against Secretary Mayorkas

House Republicans will vote Tuesday on impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who they accuse of “deliberately and systematically” refusing to enforce immigration laws.

The official said lawmakers should work with the administration to improve security at the US-Mexico border.

The Homeland Security Committee will vote on two articles of impeachment against Mayorkas, a former federal prosecutor, as immigration emerges as one of the main issues in the 2024 US election. Republicans have taken the strong anti-immigration stance of their potential presidential candidate, Donald Trump.

The head of the lower house, Republican Mike Johnson, said that this body will progress on the issue “from necessity” and that he will submit it to a vote of the whole chamber “as soon as possible.”

This is the first impeachment of a cabinet member in 150 years. Democrats called the process a “fraud” that could set a frightening precedent for other public servants.

The trial against Mayorkas has caused a strange dichotomy in the US Congress: on the one hand the lower house is debating impeachment against Mayorkas, while the upper house is working with him on a plan to improve border security.

The legislation under consideration by the Senate could be the most consequential bipartisan immigration proposal in a decade. Or it could collapse if Republicans, and even some Democrats, vote against it.

Trump, at his campaign events and in private conversations, has tried to block the deal. “I’d rather have no law than have a bad law,” Trump said over the weekend in Las Vegas.

President Joe Biden, at his own campaign event in South Carolina, declared that if Congress passes a proposal to grant him emergency authority, “I will close the border now” to control the situation.

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