(PartiallyPolitics.com) – The House GOP is pushing to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over what they have dubbed his “willful and systematic” refusal to enforce the immigration laws that Congress has passed. However, Mayorkas has previously argued that lawmakers needed to cooperate with the Biden administration and push for greater border security.
On Tuesday the Homeland Security committee is set to have a vote on two impeachment articles that have been brought forward against Mayorkas. The impeachment attempts come right as immigration has become one of the main issues in the 2024 presidential election. The GOP has been pushing the messaging of Republican primary race front-runner Donald Trump who has repeatedly claimed that he would lead massive deportations if elected in office.
Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., in his own statement argued that the House was moving forward with the impeachment of Mayorkas by “necessity.” He added that they were trying to have a full House vote on the articles as quickly as possible.
The Democrats have slammed the Republicans for these efforts and have called the impeachment a “sham.” They have also argued that this case could lead to a bad precedent being set for other civil servants. If Mayorkas ends up impeached it would be the first time a Cabinet official has been impeached in almost 150 years.
The impeachment proceedings against Mayorkas have created an odd separation in Congress, as the Senate has been working closely with the secretary as they attempt to secure a bipartisan border security package.
The immigration package could end up bringing the biggest immigration reforms in a decade or it could completely collapse as Republicans and even some Democrats move away from the effort.
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