House Republicans, who are just weeks away from taking control of the House, are already signaling that border security and illegal immigration will be high on their agenda when they take control early next year. .
Republican gains in the recent midterm elections have given the GOP control of the House, though the Senate will remain in Democratic hands. Within days of confirming control of the House, Republicans have already made it clear that the current border crisis will be a priority.
That was highlighted this week when Republican leader Kevin McCarthy led a delegation to the southern border and called on Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to resign or face a possible impeachment inquiry next year.
“He cannot and must not remain in that position,” McCarthy said. “If Secretary Mayorkas does not resign, House Republicans will investigate every order, every action, and every failure to determine if we can launch an impeachment inquiry.”
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McCarthy said he had spoken with Reps. Jim Jordan and James Comer, the ranking Republicans on the Judiciary and Oversight Committees, respectively, and said they have their full support in investigating the “collapse” of the border.
“The American public deserves more, deserves better, and expects more from their government. It’s enough. We will do whatever it takes,” she said.
The United States has been gripped by a nearly two-year border crisis that saw more than 1.7 million migrant encounters in fiscal year 2021 and more than 2.3 million in fiscal year 2022. October indicated that it is likely that that increase continues, as more than 230,000 arrived at the border. border in that month only.
Separately, a federal judge recently ordered the government to suspend the use of the Title 42 public health order, which has been used to remove most migrants at the border since March 2020. That has raised fears of an even higher rise and more chaos as more immigrants are released into the US.
Republicans have long been criticizing the Biden administration for its handling of the crisis, arguing that officials have fueled the crisis by rolling back Trump-era policies and reducing domestic enforcement. The Biden administration has said the crisis is spreading throughout the hemisphere and has called on Congress to act to correct broken US immigration laws.
“Members of Congress can do better than point the finger at someone else; they should come to the table and work on fixes for our broken system and outdated laws, which haven’t been reviewed in over 40 years,” he said Wednesday. a DHS spokesperson. .
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In July, Republicans unveiled a series of policy proposals to secure the border that they said would go forward if they took the House. The policies include finishing the Trump-era border wall, expanding Title 42, modernizing technology and overhauling the asylum system.
“I think we’re going to be very aggressive, and I think the administration is going to have to make some decisions,” John Katko, a ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee, told Fox in July. “Do you want to spin your wheels for two years and do nothing or do you want to work with the Republicans if the Republicans are in the majority and start doing some of the things that the Republicans want?“
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In addition to his suggestion that various House committees will work full steam ahead to investigate the crisis, McCarthy also said he intends to hold physical hearings at the border, so Democrats can witness the crisis firsthand.
Separately, Judiciary Committee ranking member Jim Jordan drew battle lines with the administration this week, sending a letter with other lawmakers calling for “unrestricted cooperation” from Mayorkas and other DHS officials to testify before the committee on next year.
The Republicans have called on DHS to prepare these officials to appear in person at committee hearings or provide transcribed interviews, threatening to “recur to mandatory process” if the department and its sub-agencies fail to comply.
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Also this week, Jordan, along with Senate Judiciary Ranking Member Chuck Grassley, sent out a request for documents and information about a Venezuelan parole program they believe violates federal law.
Meanwhile, McCarthy is likely to face continued pressure from the right in his caucus on the issue if he doesn’t keep up the pressure on the administration on border security. Rep. Andy Biggs, who is co-chair of the border security caucus, expressed his dissatisfaction with McCarthy’s announcement.
“Mayorkas need impeachment. Period. Without hesitation,” he said.
Fox News’ Chris Pandolfo and Bill Melugin contributed to this report.