Kevin McCarthy calls on Alejandro Mayorkas to resign
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called on Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to resign during a visit to the Texas-Mexico border.
If President Biden’s border chief doesn’t resign, the California Republican – who is expected to become Speaker of the House in January – vowed to investigate Mayorkas next year and potentially indict the home secretary over his handling of the southern border crisis.
“Unless Secretary Mayorkas resigns, House Republicans will examine every order, action and omission to determine if we can begin impeachment proceedings,” McCarthy said at a news conference in El Paso, Texas.
“We will use the power of the purse and the power of the subpoena. Let me make it clear that those responsible for this disaster will be held accountable,” McCarthy added.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who would chair the House Judiciary Committee next year and oversee such a process in the event of an impeachment trial, released a statement supporting McCarthy’s threat.
“Leader McCarthy is right. Americans deserve responsibility for the unprecedented crisis on the Southwest border. Republicans will hold Secretary Mayorkas accountable for his failure to enforce immigration law and secure the border by any means necessary.” Jordan wrote.
The nearly 2.4 million southern border crossings recorded in the 12 months ended Sept. 30 were the highest on record.
Last week, during a Senate hearing, Mayorkas acknowledged that days after claims the border with Mexico was safe, the US is facing a “migration crisis”.
“The entire hemisphere is suffering from a migration crisis,” Mayorkas said. “We are seeing an unprecedented movement of people from country to country. It is not limited to the southern border. We are seeing an unprecedented movement of people across the western hemisphere.”
“We see a significant challenge on the southern border as we see it across the hemisphere,” the secretary added.
Mayorkas told the House Homeland Security Committee two days earlier that the border was safe.
Concerns have grown that the refugee crisis could spiral further out of control with the end of the pandemic-era Title 42 Border Security Protocol.
Title 42 allowed law enforcement officials to expel frontier workers, including asylum seekers, to remain in the United States on public health grounds without first hearing their cases.
A federal court ruled earlier this month that the policy must expire by December 21.
Brandon Judd, the head of the National Border Patrol Council, the union that represents simple agents, told The Post last week that he expects a “complete explosion” of people trying to enter the country as a result of the ruling.
In a scathing letter to President Biden last week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott slammed the 80-year-old president over the ongoing migrant “invasion” of the southern border and warned the White House that Texas was slowing down its efforts to ward off illegal… immigrants will escalate.
“Their inaction has led to disastrous consequences,” wrote Abbott, 65.
“Under your oversight, America suffers from the highest volume of illegal immigration in our country’s history,” Abbott added, accusing Biden of “dereliction of duty.”
The governor said he will invoke Article 1, Section 10, Clause 3 of the US Constitution to protect Texas from drug cartels. The clause in question states that states may not call up troops, form alliances, or “wage war unless they are actually attacked or are in imminent danger which admits of no delay.”
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