Although some conservative critics of the GOP-led House of Representatives have complained that there has not been enough effort to hold Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas accountable for the ongoing border crisis, one top Republican lawmaker signaled that some serious progress is underway.
Why hasn't Mayorkas been impeached yet?! Congress is all talk!https://t.co/nGOPG8bfxI
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During a recent Fox News Channel appearance, U.S. Rep. Mark Green (R-TN), who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, indicated that articles of impeachment against Mayorkas are forthcoming.
Furthermore, he confirmed that the panel has been investigating the Biden administration cabinet member for several months, with the ongoing probe set to conclude by the end of the year.
According to Green, the next step in the process will involve “three or four hearings in January,” then lawmakers will review existing complaints against Mayorkas in order to establish a cohesive case for impeaching him.
Echoing the assessment of other House Republicans who have spoken out against the DHS secretary in the past, he said that Mayorkas “needs to go” because he has been “derelict in his duty, he’s broken the laws of the United States that have passed Congress [and] he’s lied to Congress.”
Green did not blame the skyrocketing rate of illegal immigration under President Joe Biden to incompetence alone, arguing: “It shows their intent is basically to fundamentally change the population of the United States and, I believe, to empower the Democrat Party into perpetuity.”
Of course, Green is not the first GOP lawmaker to promote the idea that Mayorkas — who once made the laughable claim during a congressional hearing that the “border is closed” — should be impeached.
Nearly a year ago, Rep. Pat Fallon (R-TX) filed articles of impeachment against him.
“Secretary Mayorkas has violated the law and has implemented policies that undermine law enforcement activities at our southern border,” Fallon’s office asserted in January, adding: “His willful actions erode our immigration system, undermine border patrol morale, and imperil American national security. He must be removed from office.”
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has introduced two such measures, most recently last month after her earlier effort failed.
“There were members that were upset that we weren’t going through the process,” she said after filing her latest articles of impeachment. “That was upsetting to them, but again, we need to be doing this. We need to move forward. And so I got guarantees, so we will move forward with impeachment.”