Republican Kevin McCarthy (CA) called on Joe Biden’s embattled top immigration official, Alejandro Mayorkas, to resign Tuesday or else face impeachment from the Republicans’ new House majority.
At a press conference near the southern border, McCarthy said Mayorkas’ open borders agenda has “produced the greatest wave of illegal immigration in recorded history.”
McCarthy teases Mayorkas impeachment
The push to impeach Mayorkas has been led by right-wing pro-Trump Republicans such as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.), who accuse Biden and Mayorkas of deliberately refusing to enforce the immigration laws.
McCarthy, who is hoping to be the next Speaker of the House, has shown reluctance to impeach Biden or his top officials, but he changed his tone somewhat at Tuesday’s press conference in El Paso, ripping into Mayorkas’ “dereliction of duty” and his preposterous claim that the border is “secure.”
“He cannot and must not remain in that position,” McCarthy said.
House Republicans will investigate the Biden administration’s handling of the border, which has been shrouded in secrecy from day one, and proceed to impeachment if necessary, McCarthy added.
“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.”
The Department of Homeland Security fired back that Mayorkas “has no plans to resign,” despite an unprecedented explosion in illegal immigration that saw over 2 million illegal immigrants arrested at the border in fiscal year 2022. Deadly drugs like fentanyl are also pouring across at record volume.
Biden’s press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre also gave a testy response to McCarthy’s “political stunt,” saying he hasn’t offered a “plan” for dealing with a border that Biden has yet to visit almost two years into his term.
Mayorkas faced pressure to resign last month when internal e-mails showed that he knowingly lied to the public about the phony “whipping” scandal, in which Biden and top officials demonized Border Patrol agents who were trying to do their jobs amid an invasion of Haitian immigrants.
There has been speculation that Mayorkas will skate after the midterm elections left Republicans controlling the House by a narrower margin than hoped in the next Congress, giving impeachment-averse moderates some leverage.
Although Republicans failed to win control of the Senate, a conviction in the upper chamber was never likely, as it would require 67 votes.