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A Republican representative says he is filing articles of impeachment against the Secretary of Homeland Security for the way the department has handled the border.
Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs announced on Friday that he would be filing the articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Fox News reported.
“Secretary Mayorkas is a threat to the sovereignty and security of our nation. As a result of his actions and policies, America is more in danger today than when he began serving as Secretary. He is willfully refusing to maintain operational control of the border and is encouraging aliens to enter our country illegally. Under his direction, DHS is systematically releasing COVID-19 positive aliens into our communities, subjecting the American people to unnecessary and avoidable risks. Secretary Mayorkas is failing to faithfully uphold his oath of office and is presiding over a reckless abandonment of border security and immigration enforcement, at the expense of the U.S. Constitution and the security of the United States,” he said.
Biggs is not the first Republican to criticize the administration, and Mayorkas specifically, for the crisis at the southern border — which has seen a dramatic surge in migrant encounters that has shown little sign of slowing down. However, introducing articles of impeachment would be an escalation of that criticism.
Republican critics of the administration’s policies have blamed the rollback of Trump-era policies like the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), the ending of border wall construction, limited application of Title 42 public health protections and the narrowing of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) priorities for fueling the surge.
The Biden administration, meanwhile, has blamed “root causes” like poverty, violence and climate change in Central America and has unveiled strategies to tackle those root causes. It has also focused on processing migrants into the U.S., although in the last week it has started flying out expelled migrants to Mexico and Central America.
So far the indicators suggest that numbers at the border are increasing and not slowing down. On Thursday, Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that 834 unaccompanied children had reached the border in a single day, while the border city of McAllen, Texas, has set up and expanded shelters to handle COVID-positive migrants released by Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
On Tuesday, during an appearance on Fox News, Texas Rep. Chip Roy took it further, calling for the impeachment of Secretary Mayorkas and Joe Biden.
“Over the past several months, President Biden and Secretary Mayorkas have blatantly and consistently refused to do their constitutional duty to take care that the immigration laws be faithfully executed, as required by Article II, endangering countless American and foreign lives in the process,” he said.
Conservative commentator Jesse Kelly said in a tweet that the border crisis was “more impeachable than Watergate” to which Roy responded “Cosponsor.”
“What Joe Biden is doing at our border is impeachable. It’s more impeachable than Watergate. This is an attack on the sovereignty of America and it’s coming from the Oval Office. Republicans should move to impeach after 2022,” he said.
— Chip Roy (@chiproytx) August 2, 2021
“We are witnessing the mass release of migrants in downtown McAllen today. Border Patrol buses and vans are pulling up every 15 minutes. Agents tell us it’ll be happening all day long. Hundreds released so far. Most going to the McAllen bus station. BP overwhelmed,” a reporter for Fox LA said last week, to which Roy replied “The Border is in total chaos.”
— Chip Roy (@chiproytx) August 3, 2021
Biden and Harris have created a national security crisis & they are making you pay for it, while telling Americans they have to mask up, vaccinate, and prepare to lockdown again.#ImpeachBiden #BorderCrisis https://t.co/aMjvD5cqJk
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) August 2, 2021
“Biden and Harris have created a national security crisis & they are making you pay for it, while telling Americans they have to mask up, vaccinate, and prepare to lockdown again,” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said.