(LibertySociety.com) – The crisis at the southern border has raged on since 2021, undoubtedly exacerbated by the policies of the Biden administration. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, President Biden, and other members of the Biden administration have refused to admit for three years that the situation at the border was out of control. Recent polling suggests that most Americans believe that the Biden administration should impose tougher measures to prevent illegal migrant crossings.
Seemingly out of nowhere, Biden suddenly changed his tune on January 19 when answering a question from a reporter during a White House event. He claimed that he had not felt that the border was secure “for the last 10 years,” and added, “And I’ve said it for the last 10 years. Give me the money.” The reporter asked Biden if his administration’s policies have furthered the crisis, which he denied. He also said that he did not understand why House Republicans were moving forward with impeaching Mayorkas. He did not respond when asked if the impeachment was unconstitutional.
Republicans in the House Homeland Security Committee unveiled two articles of impeachment against Mayorkas on January 28, with plans to bring the matter to a full House vote in the coming weeks. The articles charge Mayorkas for failing to comply with United States law and making false statements to Congress and the public.
Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate have clashed with Mayorkas on multiple occasions during his testimonies before both bodies. From his slow responses to his refusal to answer certain questions, Mayorkas has given lawmakers plenty of fuel and evidence to use during impeachment proceedings. If the measure passes in the House, it would be only the second time in United States history that a Cabinet secretary has been impeached. The first time occurred in 1876 when war secretary William Belknap was impeached during President Ulysses S. Grant’s administration. The Senate would then begin its trial of Mayorkas, with a two-thirds majority required to convict. Notably, Biden has now endorsed a piece of legislation out of the Senate that he claims is required to pass before he can take action at the border.
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