BREAKING NEWS – Republicans tell Homeland Secretary to RESIGN over border chaos or face impeachment: GOP leader Kevin McCarthy accuses Alejandro Mayorkas of lying about the ‘secure’ border and blames him for surge in migrant crossings
- ‘Today I am calling on the Secretary to resign. He cannot and must not remain in that position,’ McCarthy, R-Calif., said
- ‘If Secretary Mayorkas does not resign, House Republicans will investigate … and will determine whether we can begin impeachment inquiry’
- ‘McCarthy has no plan. The Republican Party has no plan. They do nothing except do political stunts,’ Jean-Pierre told reporters earlier
- ‘He goes down there and he does a political stunt, like many Republicans do, that we have seen them do, but he actually is not putting forth a plan’
- Jean-Pierre said that Biden had put forth a comprehensive immigration plan on his ‘first day’ in the White House
‘Today I am calling on the Secretary to resign. He cannot and must not remain in that position,’ McCarthy, R-Calif., said, adding that if Mayorkas did not resign he would look into impeachment.
‘If Secretary Mayorkas does not resign, House Republicans will investigate every order, every action and every failure and will determine whether we can begin impeachment inquiry,’ McCarthy went on, flanked by other Republican members of Congress.
During McCarthy’s last visit to the border in April 2022, he left the door open to impeachment of Mayorkas, a prospect a number of House Republicans have raised. But the leader has claimed he will not use impeachment for political purposes.
‘If Secretary Mayorkas was in charge of any company, he’d be fired by now,’ McCarthy said Tuesday.
‘If Secretary Mayorkas was in charge of any company, he’d be fired by now,’ McCarthy said Tuesday
McCarthy claimed there have been 4 million unlawful crossings since President Biden has taken office
McCarthy claimed there have been 4 million unlawful crossings since President Biden has taken office.
‘That’s not the worst part. Now that Title 42 may end, we’re bracing for a tsunami. People talk about 18,000 crossings a day that would mean 13 million more illegal crossings for the rest of the term of Joe Biden, if nothing changes, think about that.’
Title 42 is the pandemic-era health restriction that allowed border agents to immediately expel migrants. A judge last week ruled Title 42 unlawful but gave the Biden administration a five week stay of the order to get its post-Title 42 plan in order. They have until midnight December 21 to keep using the law to expel migrants.
McCarthy claimed that due to Biden’s border laws fentanyl was flowing over the border in ‘record amounts.’
‘Today, 300 Americans will be poisoned and die. Tomorrow, 300 more. It is the equivalent of an airline crashing each and every day in America,’ McCarthy said.
Earlier Tuesday White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre insisted Republicans have ‘no plan’ to address immigration and engage only in ‘political stunts’ as GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy leads a delegation from Congress to the border in El Paso.
‘McCarthy has no plan. The Republican Party has no plan. They do nothing except do political stunts,’ Jean-Pierre told reporters about the GOP-led trip in a news briefing Tuesday.
‘He goes down there and he does a political stunt, like many Republicans do, that we have seen them do, but he actually is not putting forth a plan, a plan to help us, you know, deal with an issue that we’re all seeing that you all are reporting,’ she continued.
Jean-Pierre said that Biden had put forth a comprehensive immigration plan on his ‘first day’ in the White House.
She went on: ‘We’ve partnered with Mexico and Guatemala to tackle the criminal smuggling networks preying on immigrants. Those efforts have already resulted in 1000s of arrests because of the work that this President has done. He bought 20 leaders together to collaboratively manage the immigration challenge impacting the whole western hemisphere. And we’re stopping fentanyl before it even makes it to the streets of the United States. So we have a plan.’
‘McCarthy has no plan. The Republican Party has no plan. They do nothing except do political stunts,’ Jean-Pierre told reporters about the GOP-led trip in a news briefing
On Jan. 20, 2021 Biden sent the never-passed Citizenship Act to Congress. The bill would have protected millions from being deported, established a pathway to citizenship for unlawful migrants in the U.S. and give more funding to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), among other priorities.
On the accusation of having ‘no plan,’ McCarthy’s office pointed to a graphic they put together in April 2021. It listed out steps they wanted to take to stem the unlawful migration flow: finish the wall between the U.S. and Mexico, reinstate the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy, bolster Title 42 Covid restrictions, require a negative Covid test before releasing migrants into the U.S.
McCarthy, along with Rep. Tony Gonzales, R-Texas, is leading a delegation to El Paso to ‘express gratitude’ to border patrol ahead of the holiday and participate in operational briefings.
McCarthy has set his sights on the border after border agents saw a record 2.4 million official migrant encounters in fiscal year 2022, according to Customs and Border Patrol figures.
In a Dear Colleague letter to Republicans last week, McCarthy deemed the southern border the most important issue facing the new Congress.
‘Perhaps no issue demands more immediate and dedicated attention than our border security, which the Biden Administration has actively undermined for the past two years,’ he wrote.
The GOP leader threatened subpoenas and to hold up funding to address border security.
‘More importantly, I will be delivering a message to Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer that this new Republican majority will use every tool at our disposal in the next Congress— from the power of the purse to the power of the subpoena—to secure the border. This was explicitly laid out in our Commitment to America and I ask for your backing and resolve on this matter.’
Just ahead of the Nov. 8 election McCarthy told CNN his first order of business would be a border security bill.
‘The first thing you’ll see is a bill to control the border first,’ McCarthy said. ‘You’ve got to get control over the border. You’ve had almost 2 million people just this year alone coming across.’
Migrants live in the Movimiento Juventud 2000 shelter in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, 16 November
A view from the camp majorly populated by Venezuelan migrants in front of the US Border Patrol operations post across the Rio Bravo River in Mexico on November 14,
Karla, 5, of Honduras, stands near family members as they await to be registered by border patrol agents after being smuggled across the Rio Grande river from Mexico into Roma, Texas, U.S., November 18,
McCarthy said his party had a ‘number of different ways’ to address the southern border, but emphasized they would not move on immigration reform until the flow of migrants at the border was stemmed.
‘I think ‘Stay in Mexico’ you have to have right off the bat,’ McCarthy said, referring to the Migrant Protection Protocols that require those claiming asylum to wait in Mexico until their claim makes its way through court. The Biden administration ended the policy back in August.