The US Home of Representatives voted Tuesday to not impeach Secretary of Homeland Safety Alejandro Mayorkas for allegedly failing to adjust to US legislation and breaching public belief in his dealing with of immigration enforcement on the US-Mexico border.
The vote, 214 for and 216 towards, break up largely alongside celebration traces, with nearly all of Republican representatives voting for Mayorkas’ impeachment and nearly all of Democrats voting towards. Nevertheless, 4 Republican representatives did cross celebration traces, voting towards Mayorkas’ impeachment: Ken Buck (CO), Mike Gallagher (WI), Tom McClintock (CA) and Blake Moore (UT). Moore claimed after the vote that he switched his vote on the final minute for procedural causes, with a view to permit Republicans to vote once more on Mayorkas’ impeachment sooner or later.
The invoice’s sponsor, Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), reacted to the defeat and the three Republican nay votes, telling CNN, “I’m positive they’ll hear from their constituents, I’m positive they’re in all probability listening to from them already, however I believe they need to hearken to them.” Mark Inexperienced (R-TN), Chairman of the Home Committee of Homeland Safety, which brought the articles of impeachment to the Home ground, expressed his disappointment with the end result, stating, “Whereas I’m dissatisfied within the end result of at the moment’s vote, this isn’t the top of our efforts to carry Secretary Mayorkas accountable.”
Mayorkas has not personally commented on the vote. Nevertheless, Press Secretary for the Division of Homeland Safety Mia Ehrenberg instructed CNN, “This baseless impeachment ought to by no means have moved ahead; it faces bipartisan opposition and authorized consultants resoundingly say it’s unconstitutional.”
The impeachment proceedings towards Mayorkas began in early January when the US Home Homeland Safety Committee held a listening to to contemplate bringing articles of impeachment. In response to the listening to, a big group of constitutional legislation professors wrote a letter to Inexperienced and Speaker of the Home Mike Johnson alleging that impeaching Mayorkas based mostly on coverage choices violates the US Constitution. Then, in late January, the formal articles of impeachment had been introduced to the committee for a vote. The minority members of the committee responded to the formal articles of impeachment with a report alleging the impeachment was a “sham,” and the articles “did not articulate a correct cost.” Shortly thereafter, the committee voted to carry the articles of impeachment to the Home ground for a full vote. Proper earlier than the vote, the home held over three hours of debate on Mayorkas’ impeachment.
The impeachment comes as US Customs and Border Safety (CBP) has reported document excessive numbers of encounters alongside the southwest border. CBP reported 371,036 encounters in December 2023 as in comparison with 302,392 in December 2022, an nearly 23-percent enhance.
A Spokesperson for Home Speaker Johnson, Raj Shah, confirmed that Republicans intend to carry articles of impeachment towards Mayorkas once more