House Republicans failed on Monday to impeach Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas after three Republicans voted with Democrats.
Republicans argue that Mayorkas is failing to fulfill his oath of office because of the continuing illegal immigration crisis at the southern border.
The vote was 214-216, with Republican Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colorado) and Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) in second place. He voted to join the Democratic Party.
Republicans are expected to bring the impeachment case back to a vote once Rep. Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) returns from cancer treatment.
All members of Alabama's Republican Congressional delegation voted in favor of impeaching the DHS secretary.
“While we are disappointed that this impeachment vote failed, we will not give up and will likely re-attach this impeachment vote,” Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) said after the vote. “Our government is a system of checks and balances, where Secretary Mayorkas has the right to apply his own policies, but not his own laws.”
We are disappointed that this impeachment resolution was defeated, but we will not give up and will probably vote on this impeachment resolution again. Our government is a system of checks and balances. In this system, Mayorkas has the right to apply his own policies, but not his own laws.
— Robert Aderholt (@Robert_Aderholt) February 7, 2024
Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) said Mr. Mayorkas still has not lived up to his oath to the Constitution.
“Despite the results of today's vote, the fact remains: Alejandro Mayorkas has lied under oath before Congress at least five times, violated the Constitution and betrayed the public's trust as Secretary of Homeland Security. '' Palmer said. “Following pressure from President Joe Biden, Secretary Mayorkas’ disregard for the law continues to allow deadly fentanyl to flow into our communities, which causes nearly 70% of drug overdose deaths across the nation.” Violent crime is on the rise and supports the largest crimes. Human trafficking is occurring all over the world. “We found clear evidence of a betrayal of the public's trust. Now is the time to hold him and the person in charge, President Biden, accountable for their failure to secure our border.”
Despite today's vote, the fact remains. Alejandro Mayorkas has lied under oath to Congress at least five times, violated the Constitution and betrayed the public's trust as Secretary of Homeland Security.
— Gary Palmer (@USRepGaryPalmer) February 7, 2024
U.S. Rep. Dale Strong (R-Huntsville) said keeping Mayorkas in office would continue to have a negative impact on U.S. national security.
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“Yesterday, I spoke on behalf of thousands of families who have lost loved ones at the hands of illegal immigrants,” Strong said. “Democrats and a few Republican colleagues have refused to hold corrupt Cabinet secretaries accountable, but this decision will put more Americans at risk.”
Yesterday, I spoke on behalf of thousands of families who have lost loved ones at the hands of illegal immigrants. Democrats and a few Republican colleagues have refused to hold the corrupt Cabinet secretary accountable, a decision that would put more Americans at risk. pic.twitter.com/EDJNbDfbBZ
— Dale W. Strong (@RepDaleStrong) February 7, 2024
Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) said it's past time to hold the Biden administration accountable for failing to secure the border.
“Secretary Mayorkas has deliberately refused to abide by the immigration laws already in place to protect Americans, and all he can offer is lies and half-hearted apologies,” More said. “Americans have had enough. Mayorkas has led to an invasion of our nation's southern border that has resulted in nearly 10 million illegal encounters, more than 85,000 immigrant children lost to the government, and drug and drug abuse.” The number of fentanyl overdose deaths has quadrupled in the past three years as fentanyl overdoses flow into our nation's southern border. It's time for him to take responsibility for his failures.”
I will vote to impeach Secretary Mayorkas every day until the border is closed.
Mr. Mayorkas has vowed to defend the U.S. Constitution against all enemies.
Welcoming terrorists into our country without entry barriers is a clear failure to live up to that oath.
— Rep. Barry Moore (@RepBarryMoore) February 7, 2024
U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Sachs) said he would vote to impeach Mayorkas if given the chance.
“Alejandro Mayorkas is in dereliction of duty. As Secretary of Homeland Security, he is responsible for the Biden border crisis,” Rogers said. “Today, tomorrow and every day, the border remains wide open and I will vote to impeach him.”
Alejandro Mayorkas is a dereliction of duty. As Secretary of Homeland Security, he is in charge of the Biden border crisis. I will vote to impeach him today, tomorrow, and every day, with our borders remaining wide open.
— Mike Rogers (@RepMikeRogersAL) February 6, 2024
U.S. Rep. Jerry Kahl (R-Mobile) said Mayorkas is doing nothing to resolve the current border crisis.
“Our southern border is wide open, and Secretary Mayorkas has done absolutely nothing to alleviate the crisis created by the Biden administration,” Kahl argued. “President Biden inherited the lowest illegal immigration rate in 45 years, but three years into his presidency, illegal immigration is flowing into our country at the highest rate in history.”