Kevin McCarthy, the presumed future Speaker of the House, said Tuesday that if he doesn’t step down over the Biden administration’s response to an unprecedented wave of immigration along the U.S.-Mexico border, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorcas will urge the Republican-led He warned that he could face impeachment proceedings in the House.
McCarthy, who is expected to lead the small Republican majority in the House from January, threatened an impeachment inquiry into Mallorcas at a press conference in El Paso over the past year.
“Our country may never recover from Secretary Mayorcas’ dereliction of duty,” McCarthy said at a joint news conference with Republican lawmakers. “This is why today I am asking the secretary to resign. He cannot and should not remain in that position. House Republicans will investigate if Secretary Mayorcas does not resign. All orders, Every action, every failure determines whether we can initiate an “impeachment inquiry.”
McCarthy also said a Republican-led commission would hold surveillance hearings near the U.S.-Mexico border, using “wallet power and subpoena power” to investigate the Biden administration’s immigration and border policies, threatened to interfere.
In response to Mr Mayorcas’ remarks, Department of Homeland Security spokesperson Marsha Espinosa said Mr Mayorcas “has no plans to resign.”
“Secretary Mayorcas is proud to advance this department’s noble mission, support its extraordinary workforce, and serve the American people,” Espinosa added in a statement to CBS News. “The Department of Defense will continue to work to enforce laws and secure borders while building a safe, orderly and humane immigration system. Members of Congress point the finger at someone else.” They should come to the table and work for solutions to broken systems and outdated laws that haven’t been reviewed in over 40 years.”
Congress has not passed a comprehensive, bipartisan immigration reform bill since the Democratic-led Congress passed the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 under then-President Ronald Reagan. Those who pushed the US immigration overhaul under President George W. Bush in 2007 and Barack Obama in 2013 finally died in the Capitol.
Mayorcas, a Cuban refugee who fled a communist-controlled island with his family as a child, will lead the DHS in a vote largely pro-partisan in February 2021, the Senate confirmed. His confirmation has been backed by immigrant rights advocates and some law enforcement officials, highlighting his refugee background, federal prosecutor, and his experience as head of immigration at DHS during the Obama administration. was emphasized.
But Mayorcas also quickly came under fire from Republicans for the Biden administration’s response to record immigration unrest reported by U.S. border agents in fiscal 2021 and 2022.
In the 12 months that ended September 30, 2022, the United States intercepted immigrants nearly 2.4 million times. government statistics show. But the tally included her over one million deportations of immigrants processed under public health restrictions known as Title 42, and a significant number of repeated border crossings by the same individuals. rice field.
The immigration wave is driven in part by pandemic-era woes in Latin America, labor demand in the US, uneven US enforcement policies, and massive outflows from Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. Relations with authoritarian governments there.
But Republicans have accused Mr. Mayorkas and other senior Biden administration officials of spurring a sharp rise in illegal border crossings by rolling back some Trump-era restrictions.
In multiple congressional hearings over the past two years, Mallorcas has faced harsh and often personal criticism from Republican lawmakers who ridicule his claims that the southern border is safe. At one hearing, Republican lawmakers compared Majorcas to Benedict Arnold, a notorious American military officer who defected to the British side during the Revolutionary War.
If Mallorcas faces an inquiry in the House of Representatives, his impeachment is unlikely. Majorcas is unlikely to be impeached.
War Secretary William Belknap is the only cabinet member ever to be impeached. In 1876, members of President Ulysses S. Grant’s administration were accused of accepting bribes, but were eventually acquitted by the Senate.