House Republicans have signaled that they are closing in on a successful vote to impeach President Joe Biden’s top immigration official over what they claim is an abdication of duty by allowing a flood of migrants to cross the southern border at record levels.
In remarks to Fox News captured by the American Tribune, Homeland Security Chairman Mark Green (R-TN) explained that the GOP believes it has the votes to hold Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas accountable for an immigration crisis that has overwhelmed liberal enclaves like Chicago and New York and pitted Texas state officials against federal border agents over how to handle the avalanche of illegal crossings. The development comes following multiple hearings about Mayorkas’s culpability.
“Right now, we are assembling articles of impeachment to present to our committee. We will mark those up in committee very shortly after getting back [the week of January 29]. And then, passing the committee, they will go to the floor for a vote on the floor,” Green told host Maria Bartiromo on Fox’s “Sunday Morning Futures” program.
He added that Republicans’ slim majority is being impacted by a number of sick lawmakers, compounding the delay.
“One of our challenges is just the folks that are out for health issues right now, but once those individuals get back, I anticipate a very quick vote on the floor,” he added.
Rep. Green predicted a vote on Mayorkas could come as soon as February, confirming that his caucus “has the votes” necessary to impeach though betraying skepticism about whether the vote would actually lead to Mayorkas vacating his job top at the Department of Homeland Security.
“I certainly hope so, Maria,” he said. “Look, this guy has subverted the laws passed by Congress, ignoring a co-equal branch of government. It’s very clear the law says ‘shall detain.’ And Mayorkas has done everything not to detain. In fact, he’s created systems that — what he calls lawful parole, but it’s actually totally contradicting the Immigration and Nationality Act that was passed by this Congress.”
“Right now, we are assembling articles of impeachment to present to our committee. We will mark those up in committee very shortly after getting back [the week of January 29]. And then, passing the committee, they will go to the floor for a vote on the floor,” Green said.
Mayorkas, who has appeared at congressional hearings to defend his record on the border, has pushed back on allegations that he is failing at his job. The Biden cabinet member has emphasized the president’s administration is focused on discouraging illegal crossings and enhancing deportation methods as part of a funding deal on Ukraine.
“Some have accused DHS of not enforcing our nation’s laws,” Mayorkas said at a hearing earlier this month. “This could not be further from the truth…we are doing everything we can within a broken system to incentivize non-citizens to use lawful pathways and to impose consequences on those who do not and to reduce irregular migration.”