FIRST ON FOX: Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., is introducing a brand new impeachment article towards Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, accusing him of violaring his oath of workplace and failing to implement U.S. immigration legislation.
The articles had been first launched by Biggs, who has repeatedly referred to as for Mayorkas to be faraway from his place, in 2021 and accuse Mayorkas of getting” engaged in a pattern of conduct that is incompatible with his duties as an Officer of the United States.”
Now, with a report 2.3 million encounters of migrants in FY 2022, and greater than 251,000 in December alone — and with Republicans having taken management of the Home — that impeachment push has been renewed.
“Secretary Mayorkas has failed to faithfully uphold his oath and has instead presided over a reckless abandonment of border security and immigration enforcement, at the expense of the Constitution and the security of the United States. Secretary Mayorkas has violated, and continues to violate, this oath by failing to maintain operational control of the border and releasing hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens into the interior of the United States.”
It additionally accuses him of getting did not implement the 2006 Safe Fence Act which requires DHS to take actions to “achieve and maintain operational control” over the border.
Lastly it accuses him of getting violated the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) by releasing unlawful immigrants within the U.S., regardless of what Biggs says is a requirement to detain unlawful immigrants.
“The Secretary of Homeland Security does not have the option of simply releasing those aliens into the interior of the United States,” the articles say. Additionally they cite his ending of the Migrant Safety Protocols (MPP), a Trump-era program that saved migrants in Mexico at some stage in their hearings.
“The actions of Secretary Mayorkas have made the border less secure and encouraged aliens to enter the United States illegally, instead of taking actions to maintain operational control of the border. His actions have subverted the will of Congress and the core tenants of the Constitution.”
The articles come after Rep. Pat Fallon, R-Texas, launched articles final month. Those articles included an allegation that Mayorkas “publicly and falsely slandered” border brokers who had been falsely accused of whipping Haitian migrants in Del Rio, Texas, in 2021.
The push to question Mayorkas has acquired some potential help from GOP Management. Now-Speaker McCarthy mentioned in November that Mayorkas should resign or doubtlessly face impeachment.
“He cannot and must not remain in that position,” he mentioned. “If Secretary Mayorkas does not resign, House Republicans will investigate every order, every action and every failure to determine whether we can begin an impeachment inquiry.”
DHS pushed again, saying Mayorkas has no plan to resign and that the administration inherited a damaged and dismantled immigration system, which it has repeatedly mentioned is Congress’ job to repair. In an announcement Wednesday, the DHS once more put the ball in Congress’ courtroom.
“Members of Congress can do better than point the finger at someone else; they should come to the table and work on solutions for our broken system and outdated laws, which have not been overhauled in over 40 years,” the DHS spokesperson mentioned.
Lately, the Border Patrol union mentioned its agent would doubtlessly help an impeachment push to be able to get a highlight on the disaster on the border.
“How else are we going to drive the message home to Mayorkas and the White House that this is truly a disaster down here and we need help?” Nationwide Border Patrol Council vice chairman Jon Anfinsen told Fox News on the border.
In the meantime, the administration has mentioned its latest border measures “are working” after what it says is a dramatic discount in numbers in January because the rollout of expanded border measures final month. It has additionally renewed its calls on Congress to move a sweeping immigration bill — however that has little likelihood of passing provided that Republicans have balked on the inclusion of a pathway to citizenship for thousands and thousands of unlawful immigrants.