GOP Takes Aim at Mayorkas: Did He Lie to Congress?

( – Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has faced extreme scrutiny from Republicans since being confirmed in his position, testifying at multiple congressional hearings that devolved into chaos and heated exchanges. The House Homeland Security Committee released a damning report on July 19 that details the failures of Mayorkas to fulfill his duties, stating that he “ignored, abused, or failed to follow” United States laws, specifically mentioning his usurpation of immigration laws. The report also claims that Mayorkas gave “false and dishonest statements” during his many testimonies to Congress.

While Republican Tennessee Representative Mark Green, who chairs the committee, is not moving forward with articles of impeachment against Mayorkas just yet, the committee still has two additional phases of its investigation to complete. They will be focusing on cartel violence and alleged fraud committed by Mayorkas. According to Rep. Green, several government officials have provided incriminating information to the committee and these officials may claim whistleblower status in the future. Some are undecided, though, due to the recent treatment of Department of Justice whistleblowers.

The 100-page report details Mayorkas’ continual claims that there was no “crisis” at the southern border, contradicting testimony from the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) chief. The report also highlights various DHS policies that hindered Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents from doing their jobs of detaining and deporting illegal migrants, resulting in around 100,000 fewer deportations in 2022 than there were in 2021, despite record numbers of border crossings. Mayorkas was also accused of permitting illegal migrants to use arrest warrants as identification when flying, which the committee says could affect national security.

Republicans have also decried Mayorkas’ broad interpretations of current immigration laws when allowing illegal migrants to stay in the country, including his misuse of the migrant parole policy, which was struck down by a Florida federal judge. Some House Republicans have filed impeachment articles against Mayorkas, and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has stated that he would consider an impeachment inquiry if the committee’s investigation warranted one.

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