On Tuesday, Rep. Pat Fallon (R-TX) submitted articles of impeachment against Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary of homeland security.
Last week, Fallon provided the following justification to Fox News:
“Secretary Mayorkas’ actions have hampered efforts to police the law at our southern border from the start. Secretary Mayorkas has repeatedly shown that he is unqualified to serve as the director of the Department of Homeland Security, from lying to Congress about keeping operational control of the border to the infamous “whip-gate” smear campaign against our border patrol agents.”
“His deliberate actions have compromised American national security, damaged the morale of border patrol agents, and weakened our immigration system. It’s time for him to leave because he broke the law,” Fallon said.
The Secure the Fence Act of 2006 was allegedly not implemented, according to Fallon’s one article of impeachment, which was reported by Fox News last week. “Operational control over the entire international land and sea borders of the United States” must be maintained by Mayorkas, according to the statute.
According to the second piece, Mayorkas “willfully provided perjurious, false, and misleading testimony to Congress in violation of his constitutional oath.” Mayorkas’ testimony at two congressional sessions, in which he asserted that the border was secure, is cited in the article.
The third and final article of impeachment asserts that Mayorkas “publicly and falsely slandered” border guards who were alleged to have beaten Haitian migrants close to the southern border.
Near the southern border in late November, then-House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) urged Mayorkas to step down or risk being the subject of an impeachment investigation.
McCarthy declared, “If Secretary Mayorkas does not quit, House Republicans will look at every directive, every action, and every omission and determine whether we can launch an impeachment investigation.”