Joe Biden has been hit with scandal after scandal.
Now things just got worse.
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) proposed a new impeachment article against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, and alleged violation of his oath of office and failure to enforce U.S. immigration law.
Biggs, who has repeatedly demanded Mayorkas’ removal, introduced the articles in 2021, accusing Mayorkas of having engaged in behavior inconsistent with his duties as an officer of the U.S. With a record high of 2.3 million migrant encounters in FY 2022, including 251,000 in December alone, and Republicans now in control of the House, the impeachment effort has been revived.
The articles said:
“Secretary Mayorkas has failed to faithfully uphold his oath and has instead presided over a reckless abandonment of border security and immigration enforcement, at the expense of the Constitution and the security of the United States. Secretary Mayorkas has violated, and continues to violate, this oath by failing to maintain operational control of the border and releasing hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens into the interior of the United States.”
The articles accused Mayorkas of breaking the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) by releasing undocumented immigrants in the U.S., contravening what Biggs claims is a requirement to detain them.
“The Secretary of Homeland Security does not have the option of simply releasing those aliens into the interior of the United States,” the articles say. They also cite his ending of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), a Trump-era program that kept migrants in Mexico for the duration of their hearings, according to Fox News.
The article continued:
“The actions of Secretary Mayorkas have made the border less secure and encouraged aliens to enter the United States illegally, instead of taking actions to maintain operational control of the border. His actions have subverted the will of Congress and the core tenants of the Constitution.”
The GOP leadership has shown some support for the impeachment effort against Mayorkas. Now-Speaker McCarthy stated in November that Mayorkas must resign or face impeachment.
House Speaker, Kevin McCarthy said, “he cannot and must not remain in that position. If Secretary Mayorkas does not resign, House Republicans will investigate every order, every action and every failure to determine whether we can begin an impeachment inquiry.”
The DHS countered by saying that Mayorkas has no intention of resigning and that the previous administration left the immigration system broken and dismantled, which Congress is responsible for fixing.
One DHS spokesperson claimed: “Members of Congress can do better than point the finger at someone else; they should come to the table and work on solutions for our broken system and outdated laws, which have not been overhauled in over 40 years.”
The Border Patrol union stated that its agents might support the impeachment in order to highlight the border crisis. Despite this, the administration claims its recent border measures are effective, as they led to a significant reduction in numbers in January.
National Border Patrol Council vice president Jon Anfinsen told Fox News: “How else are we going to drive the message home to Mayorkas and the White House that this is truly a disaster down here and we need help?”
Republicans are opposed to the inclusion of a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants.