House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy Threatens DHS Chief Mayorkas With Impeachment

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Democrat Alejandro Mayorkas, the Secretary of Homeland Security, has faced problems with oversight on his actions at the US Southern border for years. Yet, somehow he keeps being placed in positions of great authority over US national security, and he keeps making a bigger and bigger mess for the American people.

Under Barack Obama, Mayorkas was being investigated for corruption, according to a government report:

“We undertook this investigation after receiving allegations from career U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) employees that Alejandro Mayorkas, then-Director of USCIS and current Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), was exerting improper influence in the normal processing and adjudication of applications and petitions in a program administered by USCIS. Specifically, we were told that Mr. Mayorkas was in contact, outside the normal adjudication process, with specific applicants and other stakeholders in the Employment-Based Fifth Preference
(EB-5) program, which gives residency preference to aliens who agree to invest in the U.S. economy to create jobs for U.S. citizens.”

In 2015 Mayorkas released a statement to the public after being scolded by the Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security that he had ‘learned a lesson’ to not be corrupt anymore:

March 24, 2015

While I disagree with the Inspector General’s report, I will certainly learn from it and from this process. I appreciate and embrace Secretary Johnson’s decision to create a new protocol to ensure the EB-5 program is free from the reality or perception of improper outside influence.

As the leader of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, I had the responsibility to ensure that cases, including the three that are the focus of the report, were decided as the law required and that agency errors were corrected. I fulfilled that responsibility and I also took steps to ensure that my involvement was understood by those around me.

The EB-5 program was badly broken when I arrived at USCIS. There was erroneous decision-making and insufficient security vetting of cases. I could not and did not turn my back on my responsibility to address those grave problems. I made improving the program a priority and I did so in a hands-on manner, through cases, policies, and sweeping personnel and organizational changes.

But he didn’t really change anything at all.

And now that Republicans have the majority, they have promised investigations into these historic problems. Calls for Mayorkas to resign from his current position have been joined by Kevin McCarthy.

Fred Lucas reported on details of McCarthy’s actions, for the Daily Signal:

“House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy announced Tuesday from the border in El Paso, Texas, that the House’s new Republican majority will launch an impeachment inquiry into Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

McCarthy, R-Calif., first called for Mayorkas, appointed by President Joe Biden, to resign to avoid impeachment.

“Our country may never recover from Secretary Mayorkas’ dereliction of duty,” McCarthy said, adding:

This is why today I am calling on the secretary to resign. He cannot and must not remain in that position. If Secretary Mayorkas does not resign, House Republicans will investigate every order, every action and every failure to determine whether we can begin an impeachment inquiry.

McCarthy is expected to be elected speaker of the House when Republicans take over Jan. 3 with a slender majority over Democrats.

“@GOPLeader Kevin McCarthy at Southern Border: “I am calling on the Secretary to resign…If Secretary Mayorkas does not resign House Republicans will investigate every order, every action and every failure will determine whether we can begin impeachment inquiry.”  CSPAN (@cspan) posted on Twitter on November 22, 2022.

 

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, the likely next chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which oversees impeachment inquiries, weighed in on McCarthy’s comments on Twitter.

“Americans deserve accountability for the unprecedented crisis on the southwest border,” Jordan tweeted.

“All means necessary,” Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) posted on Twitter on November 22, 2022.

House Republicans have talked about impeaching Mayorkas for months as the crisis at the southern border has intensified ever since Biden’s inauguration Jan. 20, 2021.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, part of the Department of Homeland Security, reported a record of more than 230,000 encounters in October with illegal migrants at the border. Fox News reported that CBP estimates about 64,000 “gotaways” in October, meaning illegal aliens who ran rather than surrendered to the Border Patrol.

Americans have been calling out Secretary Mayorkas’ malfeasance in handling the crisis on our southern border for some time.

Watch @Heritage president @KevinRobertsTX’s take:” Heritage Foundation (@Heritage) posted on Twitter on November 22, 2022.

Over the nearly two years that Mayorkas has run the Department of Homeland Security, the border saw a record 1.82 million unlawful crossings in the fiscal year 2021 and a new record 2.76 million unlawful crossings in fiscal 2022.

In addition, about 100 individuals on the government’s terrorist watchlist were apprehended at the border in 2022.

Mayorkas has insisted under sworn testimony before Congress that the southern border is secure and that his department has “operational control” of the border.

Rep. Dan Bishop, R-N.C., last week asked Mayorkas during his appearance before the House Homeland Security Committee: “Secretary Mayorkas, do you continue to maintain that the border is secure?”

Mayorkas replied: “Yes, and we are working day in and day out to enhance its security, Congressman.”

Although three presidents have been impeached by the House, impeachments of Cabinet secretaries are rare.

In 1876, the House impeached the Grant administration’s War Secretary, William Belknap on corruption charges. The Senate voted to convict Belknap on all five articles of impeachment.

 

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