Twenty Republicans on Tuesday demanded that the House of Representatives remove Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in the next Congress, another sign that border issues will play a big role on the Republican oversight agenda next year.
The lawmakers, led by Republican Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona, accused Mayorkas of not taking the immigration crisis on the US-Mexico border seriously.
“Secretary Mayorkas has released more than a million illegal aliens into the country,” Biggs said. “Most of these released illegal aliens will never be heard from again.”
Rep. Lauren Boebert, a Colorado Republican, accused Mayorkas of misleading Congress by testifying under oath that the southern US border was operationally under control.
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“He regularly lies to the American people, claiming that the southern border is closed,” Boebert said. “I’ve been there. It’s wide open.”
Despite these renewed calls to remove Mayorkas, the effort to impeach him faces great odds.
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To impeach a federal official, the House must first pass a resolution making his case for any crime or misconduct he has committed that requires removal from office, which can be passed with a simple majority vote. After the House vote, the Senate sits on trial and the Chief Justice presides.
The Senate then votes on whether to convict or acquit the individual. It takes two-thirds of the Senate, 67 votes if all are present, to convict. Democrats will hold 51 Senate seats next year, making it impossible to convict Mayorkas or anyone else without the help of 18 Democrats.
Nonetheless, Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee are already planning an in-depth investigation into the border crisis, which some hardliners hope will be the first step toward impeachment.
“House Republicans have summoned Mayorkas for a border investigation,” said Rep. Mayra Flores, a Texas Republican. “Nothing short of impeachment and impeachment proceedings should be the outcome.”
But even winning a simple majority in the House could be difficult. Republicans will control a maximum of 226 seats and will most likely control just a few more votes than the minimum of 218 needed to maintain a majority. That means almost all Republicans will need to agree to impeachment for the effort to succeed.
That seems like a difficult prospect given the sentiments of some moderate and centrist Republicans. a moderate one house republican he told Fox News that the prosecution might be a step too far, even though there are complaints about Mayorkas’ handling of the border.
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“Many of us were upset by the way House Democrats politicized the impeachment process during [former] President Donald Trump’s tenure,” said a centrist Republican lawmaker. “Nobody wants to see a president or cabinet official impeached simply for having views different from those of the party that controls the House.”