Republican lawmaker files articles of impeachment against Mayorkas

Texas Republican Rep. Pat Fallon filed articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Tuesday.

Fallon shared the reasons for his filing in an interview with Fox News.

The reasoning

“Since day one, Secretary Mayorkasโ€™ policies have undermined law enforcement activities at our southern border,” Fallon said.

“From perjuring himself before Congress about maintaining operational control of the border to the infamous โ€˜whip-gateโ€™ slander against our border patrol agents, Secretary Mayorkas has proven time and time again that he is unfit to lead the Department of Homeland Security,” he added.

The buildup

The filing of the articles of impeachment has been a long time in development.

“In late November, near the southern border, then-House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) called on Mayorkas to resign or possibly face an impeachment inquiry,” Breitbart News reported.

โ€œIf 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,โ€ McCarthy said.

“The primary basis for the articles of impeachment is the claim that Mayorkas lied to Congress โ€” a case they back by pointing to two instances in which the secretary told lawmakers he believed the Southern border was under control,” the Border Report noted.

โ€œHis willful actions erode our immigration system, undermine border patrol morale, and imperil American national security. He must be removed from office,โ€ Fallon said in a release.

The DHS said Tuesday that Mayorkas has no plans to resign, according to the report.

โ€œSecretary Mayorkas is proud to advance the noble mission of this Department, support its extraordinary workforce, and serve the American people. The Department will continue our work to enforce our laws and secure our border, while building a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system,โ€ Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Marsha Espinosa said in a statement.

The latest effort may not be successful, but shows the level of concern Republicans have over Mayorkas leading the DHS during President Joe Biden’s border crisis that has led to record levels of migrants crossing the border over the past two years.