Last week, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy blasted Homeland Security Security Alejandro Mayorkas for failing to stop an unprecedented wave of illegal immigration across America’s southern border.
McCarthy isn’t alone in going after Mayorkas, with Arizona Republican Rep. Debbie Lesko warning that the secretary can either step down or face a possible impeachment.
.@GOPLeader is right: if Secretary Mayorkas does not resign, he should be investigated and impeached for his failure to secure the southern border.
— Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (@RepDLesko) November 25, 2022
Mayorkas given “an ultimatum”
“I really think that Kevin McCarthy is right,” Lesko told Fox News host Charles Payne during an interview last Friday.
“And I’m glad that he has given Mayorkas an ultimatum: Either resign, or we’re going to start investigations and see if it leads to impeachment,” the conservative lawmaker insisted.
“I personally have signed onto legislation to impeach Mayorkas. Prior to that, I signed on to legislation that he resign,” she continued.
“And I signed on to letters asking him to resign,” Lesko stressed, adding, “I’m a member of the Border Security Caucus in the House.”
“And we invited Mayorkas to come to our caucus,” she noted. “And, surprisingly, he did, after we had written them a letter saying he should resign.”
“And he keeps on lying,” the Arizona congresswoman complained.
“He keeps on telling us that the border is secure. He said that again the other day in a House hearing. And it’s not secure. Anybody knows that. Even the illegal immigrants know that.”
Fox News reported this month that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) statistics show that there were 230,000 encounters with illegal migrants in October, setting a new monthly record.
DHS stands by Mayorkas
Meanwhile, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokesperson released a statement to Fox News last Wednesday defending Mayorkas’ record.
“Secretary Mayorkas is proud to advance the noble mission of this Department, support its extraordinary workforce, and serve the American people,” the spokesperson said.
“The Department will continue our work to enforce our laws and secure our border, while building a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system.”