Republicans approved in a committee of the United States House of Representatives impeachment charges (impeachment) against the secretary of Homeland Security, Alexander Mayorkaswho is accused of having endangered the security of the country with the entry of undocumented migrants.
The charges were approved in the Homeland Security Committee of the House of Representatives with 18 votes in favor – all Republicans – and 14 against – all Democrats -, the step prior to them being put to a vote in the plenary session.
Democrats on the panel dismissed the process as a stunt and a sham. Photo: AP
It is a charge against a cabinet official who had not been seen in almost 150 years. The Homeland Security Committee recommended two articles of impeachment against Mayorkas to the full House of Representatives, while Republicans endorse hardline approach to deportation of Donald Trump, favorite for the November elections, on immigration.
Seldom A Cabinet member has faced the “high crimes and misdemeanors” impeachment bar, and Democrats on the panel dismissed the process as a trick and a farce that could sit a chilling precedent for other public officials caught in political disputes by lawmakers who disagree with the president's approach.
Migration and borders, “the” theme of the campaign
The vote in plenary could take place starting next week and its approval would formally open the impeachment process against Mayorkas at a time when migration and the border are becoming on the subject of the electoral campaign.
The charges that the Republicans accuse Mayorkas of, also called articles of 'impeachment', are “violation of public trust” y “systematic and deliberate refusal to comply with the law” by not properly handling the situation on the border between the United States and Mexico.
The chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, Republican Mark Green, stated this Tuesday that “the final remedy to directly address Secretary Mayorkas' deliberate and systematic disregard for the rule of law is impeachment.”
“After three years of this crisis and a year of investigations and procedures, we must move forward with accountability“he added.
The chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, Republican Mark Green. Photo: AP
The committee's ranking Democrat, Bennie Thompson, responded that the 'impeachment' against Mayorkas “It's a baseless farce” and that “the few reasonable Republicans left in the House know it, even if they refuse to admit it.” “The American people deserve better,” he said.
Mayorkas: “Their accusations do not worry me”
Mayorkas, for his partreleased a six-page letter which he sent to the president of the committee in which he assured that he has provided countless information that “clearly demonstrates” how he is enforcing the law and regretted that it has not served to stop this “baseless” process.
“I assure you that your false accusations They do not worry me or divert me law enforcement and the broader public service to which I remain dedicated,” he said.
The committee's ranking Democrat, Bennie Thompson, responded that the impeachment against Mayorkas “is a farce. Photo: Reuters
The Republicans have right now a weak majority of 219 to 213 in the House of Representativesso when they submit the charges to the plenary session they must receive the support of almost all its members to be approved.
A process that will die in the Senate
If the articles prosper, It will be up to the Senate to carry out the impeachment trial against Mayorkasa process that is almost impossible to succeed since it requires two thirds of the votes in that chamber and the Democrats have the majority.
However, the Republicans They will try to take advantage of the public exposure of the impeachment trial against the head of the president's immigration policy, Joe Biden, when the issue is becoming very important in the face of the electoral campaign.
In December 2023 they crossed the southern border from Mexico to the United States at least 302,000 migrants without documents, an unprecedented number. During fiscal year 2023 2.4 million people were arrested, which also represents a record.
The White House and senators from both parties have negotiated an immigration agreement – the details of which are unknown – to address the current border crisis, but the former president and Republican candidate, Donald Trump (2017-2021), and his allies in Congress They oppose its prosperity.
With information from EFE and AP