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Re: House Republicans impeach Alejandro Mayorkas in historic vote

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Tar and Feathers

Feb 13, 2024, 11:26:59 PMFeb 13
On 08 Aug 2021, RichA <> posted some

> Mayorkas is a snotty arrogant asshole who completely refused to
> enforce United States immigration laws. As a government employee, you
> don't get to choose what laws you will and will not enforce.

WASHINGTON -- The Republican-led House on Tuesday night impeached
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over what they say is his
failure to enforce immigration law at the southern border, which he
denies as partisan and "baseless."

The vote succeed 214-213, with all Republicans voting in the majority
and three Republicans voting with Democrats against impeachment. Two
Democrats did not vote.

The Department of Homeland Security was quick to release a statement,
blasting Republicans for the vote.

"House Republicans will be remembered by history for trampling on the
Constitution for political gain rather than working to solve the serious
challenges at our border," said DHS spokesperson Mia Ehrenberg in a
statement. "While Secretary Mayorkas was helping a group of Republican
and Democratic Senators develop bipartisan solutions to strengthen
border security and get needed resources for enforcement, House
Republicans have wasted months with this baseless, unconstitutional

She went on to say, "Without a shred of evidence or legitimate
Constitutional grounds, and despite bipartisan opposition, House
Republicans have falsely smeared a dedicated public servant who has
spent more than 20 years enforcing our laws and serving our country.
Secretary Mayorkas and the Department of Homeland Security will continue
working every day to keep Americans safe."

In a statement, Speaker Mike Johnson responded following the vote.

"Secretary Mayorkas has willfully and consistently refused to comply
with federal immigration laws, fueling the worst border catastrophe in
American history," Johnson said in a statement." He has undermined
public trust through multiple false statements to Congress, obstructed
lawful oversight of the Department of Homeland Security, and violated
his oath of office."

He ended with, "Alejandro Mayorkas deserves to be impeached, and
Congress has a constitutional obligation to do so. Next to a declaration
of war, impeachment is arguably the most serious authority given to the
House and we have treated this matter accordingly. Since this Secretary
refuses to do the job that the Senate confirmed him to do, the House
must act."

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise had returned to Capitol Hill to help
his party's narrow majority in its second vote to impeach Mayorkas.

A previous attempt to impeach the secretary surprisingly failed last
week after a few Republicans voted against it along with all Democrats

Scalise, who has been undergoing treatment for blood cancer, was absent
from last week's vote to impeach Mayorkas -- one of the reasons the
GOP-led effort failed.

Scalise's office said in a statement on Thursday that he "successfully
completed his autologous stem cell treatment and has been medically
cleared to resume travel."

The Louisiana Republican is in "complete remission," the statement said
-- clearing the way for him to vote with fellow Republicans to impeach
Mayorkas, the first time that has happened to a Cabinet secretary since
the late 1800s.

With Scalise, Republicans had the votes they needed against Mayorkas,
whom they have accused of "willful and systemic refusal to comply with
the law" and "breach of public trust" amid a surge in unauthorized
migrant crossings, according to the articles of impeachment against him.

"This administration has removed, returned, or expelled more migrants in
three years than the prior Administration did in four years," DHS
responded in a memo circulated ahead of Tuesday's vote.

After Democrats -- and three Republicans -- said an impeachment over
what they called "policy differences" was wrong, last week's vote failed
214-216, marking a crushing defeat for Speaker Mike Johnson and other
House GOP leaders.

"Last night was a setback, but democracy is messy," Johnson told
reporters the next day on Capitol Hill, seeking to soften the losses.
"We live in a time of divided government. We have a razor-thin margin
here, and every vote counts."

Last week, Republican Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado voted against Mayorkas'
impeachment, telling ABC News' Jay O'Brien that the secretary had "not
committed a high crime or misdemeanor."

"There is a policy difference," Buck said.

Buck was joined by fellow GOP defectors Reps. Tom McClintock and Mike
Gallagher, who announced over the weekend that he won't run for
reelection. The three were still expected to vote against impeaching

With the vote succeeding on Tuesday, it marks just the second time in
U.S. history a Cabinet official has been impeached, after William
Belknap in 1876.

After being impeached, Mayorkas will now face a trial in the
Democratic-controlled Senate, where a two-thirds majority vote will be
needed to convict and remove him from office, which is very unlikely to

On NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, Mayorkas repeated that the
Republicans' allegations to impeach him are "baseless."

He said the flood of migrants at the border has been a problem for years
and that legislative action is needed to fix the system.

"The system has not been fixed for 30 years. A bipartisan group of
senators have now presented us with the tools and resources we need --
bipartisan group -- and yet, Congress killed it before even reading it,"
Mayorkas said.

This past December, there were 302,000 encounters along the southwest
border -- the highest monthly total ever recorded.

Kristen Welker pressed Mayorkas on NBC on whether he bears the
responsibility for the flood of migrants crossing the border --
something President Joe Biden has called a "crisis."

"It certainly is a crisis, and, well, we don't bear responsibility for a
broken system and we're doing a tremendous amount within that broken
system," Mayorkas said. "But, fundamentally, fundamentally, Congress is
the only one who can fix that."

Last week, the Senate's vote to advance a bipartisan foreign aid bill
with major border provisions failed -- a blow to the Senate negotiators
who worked for months with Mayorkas to develop the border deal.
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