(PartiallyPolitics.com) – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer criticized House Republicans for initiating what he termed a “sham” impeachment process against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, suggesting it’s a move to curry favor with former President Donald Trump. The Homeland Security Committee’s decision to proceed with impeachment, citing Mayorkas’ alleged deliberate neglect of immigration laws, came under fire from Schumer, who argued that the effort lacks substantial evidence of any wrongdoing by Mayorkas.
Schumer, speaking on the Senate floor, accused House Republicans of compromising the integrity of the Constitution to satisfy Trump’s demands, dismissing the impeachment as a politically motivated act that does nothing to enhance border security. He contrasted the House’s actions with ongoing bipartisan Senate negotiations aimed at border security enhancements, which include aid to Ukraine and adjustments to asylum and parole policies.
The Senate Majority Leader condemned the impeachment drive as an exploitation of border issues for political gain and a distraction from genuine problem-solving efforts. He predicted this move as a low point for the Republican majority in the House, highlighting its departure from constitutional principles.
According to The Hill, Senate aides anticipate that any impeachment articles passed by the House against Mayorkas could be deferred to a special Senate committee for review, potentially delaying any action until after the upcoming November election.
House Speaker Mike Johnson praised the Homeland Security Committee’s vote as a crucial step towards accountability for communities impacted by border policy issues. Johnson accused Mayorkas of persistent defiance of federal immigration laws, contributing to a significant border crisis, and engaging in deceptive practices that erode public trust and hinder oversight of the Department of Homeland Security.
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