It is no secret that President Joe Biden fervently disagreed with and opposed former President Donald Trump’s efforts to better secure the southern U.S. border with an improved system of border walls and barriers, even as it helped stem the tide of illicit cross-border traffic.
On Friday, Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it was canceling all remaining border wall construction projects in two Texas sectors, prompting several Republicans in Congress to demand that DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas be impeached, Fox News reported.
The calls for impeachment were driven by the fact that the border wall construction contracts are being canceled amid an ongoing and worsening security crisis at the southern border that has seen historical and, at times, unprecedented numbers of migrants illegally entering the country.
In a DHS press release Friday, it was announced that the administration “intends to cancel the remaining border barrier contracts located within U.S. Border Patrol’s (USBP) Laredo Sector and all border barrier contracts located in the Rio Grande Valley Sector.”
Instead of constructing additional barriers and walls with the previously appropriated funds, DHS will instead spend that money on “environmental planning and actions” in the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo, and El Centro Sectors of the border.
“These activities include additional biological, cultural, and natural resource surveys for project areas where no data have been previously collected,” as well as “targeted outreach with interested stakeholders,” but “will not involve any construction of new border barrier or permanent land acquisition.”
Furthermore, the administration called upon Congress to “cancel remaining border wall funding and instead fund smarter border security measures,” and said that in the interim, DHS would continue to use funds appropriated for border wall construction to address “environmental” concerns instead, which the department insisted was “consistent” with the “appropriated purpose.”
In response to the news, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) tweeted, “DHS Secretary Mayorkas, during a border crisis, is cancelling border wall contracts. Impeach Mayorkas.”
“Leave it to Biden and his team to cancel border contracts for ‘environmental reasons’ when we have a 21-year high of illegal crossers,” Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) posted to Twitter. “It is obvious that they do not want to stop illegal immigration. Everyone sees what’s going on at the border except for this Administration.”
A similar message was also posted to social media by Chad Gilmartin, communications director for Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and former aide to President Trump, who clearly attributed the current border crisis to Biden’s policies.
“As DHS reportedly prepares for up to 400,000 illegal border crossings this month alone, the Biden admin CANCELS BORDER WALL CONTRACTS in the busiest southern border sector #BidenBorderCrisis,” Gilmartin wrote.
Given that Republicans are in the minority in both chambers of Congress, it is obvious that Sec. Mayorkas is in no danger of being impeached and removed from office right now. That said, should the GOP regain control of the House and Senate, and presuming the border crisis hasn’t been abated, it seems certain that Mayorkas will be facing an actual impeachment effort within the next couple of years.