Some House Republicans are calling for their party to impeach Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas once the GOP assumes control of the House in January.
A number of these conservative lawmakers have pressured current House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to promise action during the next session of Congress.
Mayorkas has faced harsh criticism from GOP officials amid an unprecedented migration surge that has resulted in 4 million illegal aliens entering the country since President Joe Biden took office, including 2.4 million who came in the fiscal year 2022 alone, per Just The News.
As the New York Post reported, over 1,500 people were seen wading through the Rio Grande last Sunday night alone. A total of 2,400 people attempted to cross into the US at El Paso alone that very same day.
El Paso’s detainment facilities are reportedly slammed as well. The city recorded 5,105 migrants in custody despite the capacity limit being designated at 3,500 people.
The DHS secretary has notably stated that the southern border is “secure” amid the record surge in illegal immigration.
Recently, @DHSgov Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas stated that the border is “secure.” No one – including the Border Patrol agents he is tasked with leading – believes that assertion. pic.twitter.com/Fj1RvKAydk
— Rep. Russ Fulcher (@RepRussFulcher) December 13, 2022
“Now that we have the majority in the House of Representatives, I expect our party to pursue impeachment next Congress,” Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) said, according to The Hill. “Secretary Mayorkas has committed high crimes and misdemeanors. His conduct is not incompetent. It is not negligent. It is willful and intentional.”
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) shared similar disapproval of Mayorkas’s performance at a Tuesday press conference.
“He regularly lies to the American people, claiming that the southern border is closed… I’ve been there. It’s wide open,” she said, according to a report by Fox News.
Rep. Mayra Flores (R-TX) seems to agree. The Texas representative said that Mayorkas should face a border investigation and argued the outcome should bring “Nothing short of an impeachment and removal proceedings.”
McCarthy himself has reportedly called for Mayorkas to step down but has not pledged he would attempt to oust him from office.
The Hill noted that several lawmakers who have supported the leadership of McCarthy appeared at the press conference, including Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) and Rep. Kevin Hern (R-OK).