Blame for the border crisis has fallen squarely on the shoulders of President Joe Biden’s administration and his Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, but, with two years remaining until the next presidential election, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) made clear accountability through impeachment is up to the GOP in selecting the next speaker of the House.
Under Mayorkas’ watch, fiscal year 2022 saw a record of roughly 2.7 million encounters and suspected “gotaways” of illegal aliens entering the United States and the continued flow of deadly drugs like fentanyl into the country putting the lives of Americans at risk. While House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), considered the favorite to become speaker in January, has hedged on the certainty of impeachment for Mayorkas after the commencement of the 118th Congress, Biggs held a press conference Tuesday to set firm expectations.
Joined by 20 GOP colleagues and three former Department of Homeland Security officials, Biggs spoke outside the Capitol to reaffirm his commitment to impeach the secretary.
“Now that we have the majority in the House of Representatives, I expect our party to pursue impeachment next Congress,” he said, adding, “Secretary Mayorkas has committed high crimes and misdemeanors. His conduct is not incompetent. It is not negligent. It is willful and intentional.”
— FreedomWorks (@FreedomWorks) December 13, 2022
The Arizona lawmaker has openly challenged McCarthy for the speakership, drawing support from many conservatives who see the Californian as a return to the establishment’s status quo that former President Donald Trump had endeavored to undo. Coinciding with the press conference, Biggs penned an op-ed featured with the Washington Examiner where he distinguished his stances from the current Minority Leader.
“McCarthy not too long ago was on record saying he didn’t believe impeaching anyone in the Biden administration was a good idea, but now, he’s said an impeachment inquiry into Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas’s abysmal handling of the border crisis might be possible,” the congressman wrote. “That’s adding at least a little thickener to weak sauce — but it’s not good enough.”
Touching on the handling of proposed amnesty legislation and an omnibus spending package, Biggs added, “the House GOP needs someone willing to lead out front, not just behind closed doors.”
“House Republicans are in the majority now and it’s time that we act, not just speak about what is happening, and the impeachment of Mayorkas is the appropriate place to start,” Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) noted at Tuesday’s press conference as she affirmed the need to demand accountability.
A little less talk, a lot more action. It’s time to impeach Secretary Mayorkas. pic.twitter.com/j60XgmNadR
— Rep. Lauren Boebert (@RepBoebert) December 13, 2022
The lawmakers were joined in their call to action against Mayorkas by former U.S. Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott, former acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan, and former acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan who said of the secretary, “He has served as this administration’s chief architect of their open border policies that we know has resulted in drugs pouring across our open borders, killing Americans every single day.”
At present, Biggs’ impeachment resolution, submitted in August 2021 with 11 original cosponsors, now has 32 cosponsors that include the likes of Republican Reps. Chip Roy (Texas), Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.), and Matt Gaetz (Fla.)
The entirety of the press conference can be viewed below:
WATCH LIVE: Rep. Biggs holds Press Conference calling on House GOP to impeach DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas https://t.co/9k8FEaWE95
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) December 13, 2022
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