The Home Committee on Homeland Safety voted 18-15 to approve sending two articles of impeachment in opposition to Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas early Wednesday morning after hours of hearings on the matter. The articles will now go to the Home of Representatives flooring for an additional vote.
The articles allege that Mayorkas did not adjust to US legislation and breached public belief in his dealing with of the US-Mexico border and immigration issues. Particularly, Article I asserts that Mayorkas engaged in a “willful and systematic refusal to adjust to the legislation.” The articles assert that Mayorkas didn’t comply together with his duties underneath the Immigration and Nationality Act, which “considerably contributed to unprecedented ranges of unlawful entrants, the elevated management of the Southwest border by drug cartels, and the imposition of monumental prices on States and localities affected by the inflow of aliens.” Moreover, Article II contends that Mayorkas dedicated a “breach of the general public belief” by knowingly making false statements and obstructing lawful oversight of the Division of Homeland Safety “principally to obfuscate the outcomes of his willful and systematic refusal to adjust to the legislation.”
In response to the vote, Committee Chairman Mark Inexperienced stated:
I’m happy with the Committee for advancing these historic articles. I urge my colleagues on either side of the aisle to do the best factor, put apart the politics, and agree that earlier than we will repair Secretary Mayorkas’ mess, Congress should lastly maintain this man accountable.
Previous to the vote, Mayorkas sent a letter to Inexperienced, stating that “your false accusations don’t rattle me and don’t divert me from the legislation enforcement and broader public service mission to which I’ve devoted most of my profession and to which I stay devoted.”
Article I of the Constitution offers the Home of Representatives the “sole energy of impeachment.” After articles of impeachment are introduced in opposition to an official, the Home can undertake the articles by a majority vote. If the articles go the Home, they’re despatched to the Senate for an impeachment trial to find out the official’s guilt.
These articles of impeachment in opposition to Mayorkas come at a time when tensions on the US-Mexico border are excessive. On Friday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a statement asserting Texas’ constitutional proper to self-defense in regards to the border. This assertion adopted a Supreme Court docket ruling on January 22, whereby the court docket sided with the Biden administration in a dispute over a barrier alongside the southern border.