"High Crimes And Misdemeanors": House Unveils Impeachment Articles Against Mayorkas Over Border Quagmire

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by Tyler Durden
Monday, Jan 29, 2024 - 02:35 AM

House Republicans on Sunday released articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, alleging he has committed "high crimes and misdemeanors" in his mishandling of the southern US border.

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According to the first article, Mayorkas is accused of:

  • Willful and Systemic Refusal to Comply with Federal Immigration Laws: This includes allegations of repeated violations of immigration and border security laws, contributing to illegal entries and compromising national security.
  • Failure to Comply with Detention Mandates: Accusations of implementing catch and release schemes, contrary to specific detention requirements in the Immigration and Nationality Act.
  • Exceeding Parole Authority: Claims that Mayorkas paroled aliens en masse, violating the case-by-case basis required by law.
  • Misrepresentation and False Statements to Congress: Allegations of making false claims about the security and control of the border.
  • Obstruction of Lawful Oversight: Accusations of failing to comply with congressional subpoenas and hindering investigations by the DHS Office of Inspector General.
  • Abandonment of Effective Border Security Initiatives: Claims that he neglected established border security measures without adequate alternatives, leading to increased illegal entries.
  • Failure to Enforce Immigration Laws and Control the Border: Accusations of failing to control illegal entries and the influx of unaccompanied alien children.
  • Diversion of Border Patrol Resources: Allegations that his policies led to the diversion of Border Patrol agents from their primary duties.
  • Increase in Encounters with Aliens on the Terrorist Watchlist: Claims of a significant increase in encounters with potentially dangerous individuals during his tenure.
  • General Neglect of Duty and Public Trust: Broad accusations of neglecting statutory duties related to immigration and border control.

As Just the News reports, a markup of the articles is scheduled for Tuesday, following a multi-phase, year-long investigation into Mayorkas.

"Congress has a duty to see that the executive branch implements and enforces the laws we have passed," said House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark Green (R-TN), the Washington Post reports. "Yet Secretary Mayorkas has repeatedly refused to do so."

Read the first article below: