McCarthy says Mayorkas ‘could’ be impeached – as December border crossings on pace for new record

Republicans set their sights on Mayorkas’ job – with border crossings in December set to hit the highest EVER at 250,000: Kevin McCarthy says DHS chief could be impeached

  • House Republicans are setting the stage for multiple border crisis probes
  • Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas previously shrugged off GOP impeachment threats and calls to resign in a Sunday news show interview
  • At least 65,000 people crossed the border while eluding authorities last month 

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said on Tuesday that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas ‘could’ be impeached over the border crisis, as members of his party set about on a course that moderates have sought to pump the breaks on.

Republicans have put their new House majority’s sights on the burgeoning migrant crisis, with a border security bill in the works and oversight hearings planned that will likely ensnare Mayorkas and other Biden border officials. 

McCarthy signaled to reporters at the Capitol that Mayorkas’ political future would hinge on December’s official border crossing numbers – which are expected to be grim.

There were at least 250,000 encounters between migrants and border agents last month, according to Fox News.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has thus far resisted pressure from Republicans to step down from his role over the border crisis

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has thus far resisted pressure from Republicans to step down from his role over the border crisis

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy suggested Tuesday that Republicans could use their new majority in the chamber to impeach DHS chief

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy suggested Tuesday that Republicans could use their new majority in the chamber to impeach DHS chief

If those numbers hold true, it would be the highest single-month total in the history of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) records.

At least 65,000 people eluded border officials, it was reported. 

‘If those December numbers are even higher and breaking new records, should he stay at this job?’ McCarthy said on Tuesday, according to CNN 

‘We can investigate, and then that investigation could lead to an impeachment inquiry.’

The Republican leader vowed not to ‘predetermine’ Mayorkas’ fate and repeated past assurances that he would not ‘use impeachment for political purposes.’ 

Though he added, ‘But if the person is a derelict in their duties, and they – they’re harming Americans and Americans are actually dying by the lack of their work, that could rise to that occasion.’

GOP Rep. Nancy Mace seemed to concur, telling CNN that Mayorkas ‘has to go.’ 

Photos of migrants in El Paso show overcrowded shelters and undocumented people sleeping on the streets of the Texas border city

Photos of migrants in El Paso show overcrowded shelters and undocumented people sleeping on the streets of the Texas border city

Immigrant families return to Mexico after being expelled from the United States on January 9, 2023 to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

Immigrant families return to Mexico after being expelled from the United States on January 9, 2023 to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

‘When you raise your hand and take an oath to protect our country’s border, and you intentionally and willfully neglect to do that job, you should lose it,’ Mace said on Tuesday. 

McCarthy hadn’t ruled out the idea of impeachment Mayorkas in prior comments on the matter, though McCarthy would usually precede such threats with calls for the Cabinet official to resign.

McCarthy said on a later November trip to El Paso, Texas: ‘If Secretary Mayorkas does not resign, House Republicans will investigate every order, every action and every failure, and will determine whether we can begin an impeachment inquiry, 

Hearings on the border are being planned in the Oversight, Judiciary and Homeland Security Committees.

During an interview with ABC News’ This Week earlier this month, Mayorkas brushed off Republican-led calls for his removal and insisted he would continue executing his role as President Biden’s DHS Secretary.

‘I’ve got a lot of work to do. I’m proud to do it, alongside 250,000 incredibly dedicated and talented individuals in the Department of Homeland Security and I’m going to continue to do my work,’ Mayorkas said.

Asked point-blank if he’d had any intention of resigning, Mayorkas definitively answered, ‘I do not.’

‘I’ve got a lot of work to do, and we’re going to do it,’ he said. 

Just last week, House Republican Rep. Pat Fallon of Texas formally filed articles of impeachment against Mayorkas over the growing border crisis.

‘Secretary Mayorkas’s willful actions have eroded our immigration system, undermined border patrol morale, and jeopardized American national security. He has violated the law and it is time for him to go,’ Fallon wrote on Twitter before filing the impeachment articles.

He accused Mayorkas of failing to keep operational control of the border and ‘engaged in a pattern of conduct that is incompatible with his duties.’ 

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