Rep. Matt Gaetz joined the new panel program on Newsmax TV on Monday to criticize his party for failing to take impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas seriously after more than two years of migrant and drug-smuggling crises.
“If Republicans are serious about the border, we should impeach Secretary Mayorkas immediately. But I am ashamed to report that I do not think we have the votes right now to move that impeachment out of the House Judiciary Committee. That is WEAKNESS on the part of Republicans,” he tweeted along with a clip of the program.
Rep. Lauren Boebert resorted to social media earlier this month to call for the impeachment of Mayorkas in the GOP-controlled House for failing to secure the southern border in the face of record human and drug smuggling.
The Colorado Republican’s call comes just days before the Trump administration’s Title 42 policy, which authorized the immediate deportation of the vast majority of illegal immigrants during the pandemic and is set to expire, causing another massive influx of migrants.
“Anyone who sees the situation at our Southern Border and thinks it’s okay is clearly not thinking straight. Mayorkas deserves impeachment and he deserves it fast,” she tweeted.
If Republicans are serious about the border, we should impeach Secretary Mayorkas immediately.
But I am ashamed to report that I do not think we have the votes right now to move that impeachment out of the House Judiciary Committee.
That is WEAKNESS on the part of Republicans. pic.twitter.com/xFtlNMD2xv
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) May 23, 2023
In February, shortly after the GOP gained control of the House, another Republican member filed additional articles of impeachment against Mayorkas, alleging that he had failed to ensure adequate border security despite record-high encounters with illegal immigrants and drug smuggling during his tenure.
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Arizona) reportedly introduced a new article of impeachment against Mayorkas, accusing him of violating his oath of office and refusing to enforce duly enacted immigration laws. In 2021, Biggs alleged that Mayorkas “engaged in a pattern of conduct that is incompatible with his duties as an Officer of the United States.”
After a record 2.3 million encounters with migrants crossing illegally into the U.S. in fiscal year 2022 — and more than 251,000 in December alone — the impeachment drive has been revived since January, when Republicans took control of the House.
“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,” the article states, according to Fox News. “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 article of impeachment further alleges that Mayorkas neglected to implement provisions of the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which mandates, among other things, that DHS take a number of actions to “achieve and maintain operational control” of U.S. borders. In addition, the law called for the construction of a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, but after the Democrats gained control of the House that year, they refused to fund it.
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