House GOP hopes the second time’s the charm on Mayorkas impeachment effort

With U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) returning to Washington this week after receiving treatment for blood cancer multiple myeloma, House Republicans will take another crack at impeaching Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas.

Interestingly, in what appears to be a first, according to Fox News reporter Bill Melugin, Mayorkas said on the Sunday morning talk show circuit that what’s happening at the border “certainly is a crisis.” His characterization coming some 10 million illegal immigrants later, give or take.

Last week’s impeachment attempt fell short by one vote when three Republicans sided with Democrats to save Mayorkas, Reps. Ken Buck of Colorado, Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin, and Tom McClintock of California. Ironically, after casting his vote Gallagher would bravely announce that he was through with Congress and would not be running for reelection.

Scalise will give Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) the one extra vote he lacked last week. Scalise said in January that Mayorkas “has had months—months—to get this right. He’s chosen not to. So, he’s brought it upon himself.”

Johnson tweeted on Monday: “We’re grateful the House will be welcoming back this week my good brother and fellow Louisianan @SteveScalise, who is now in complete remission from cancer. Steve is a fighter and God has answered our prayers. Looking forward to having him back in the trenches this week!”

Republicans say Mayorkas has “violated the public trust,” accusing the Biden official of failed leadership amid the historic crisis on the border — it’s as if a clarion call went out to all the world that America is wide open under President Biden as foreign nationals from across the globe swarm the southern border by the millions.

“Since the moment he was confirmed, Secretary Mayorkas has willfully and consistently refused to comply with federal immigration laws, fueling the worst border catastrophe in American history. He has undermined public trust through multiple false statements to Congress, obstructed lawful oversight of the Department of Homeland Security, and violated his oath of office,” Johnson said last month.

Mayorkas disputed the allegations during a Sunday appearance on “Meet the Press,” arguing that his alleged “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” was little more than “baseless allegations.”

The House is expected to vote a second time for impeachment on Tuesday, and if successful, Mayorkas would become the second Cabinet secretary in U.S. history to be impeached and the first in nearly 150 years.

Tom Tillison

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