Impeachment Attempt on US Homeland Secretary Fails by House GOP
The US House of Representatives has narrowly voted against impeaching Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over his handling of the migrant crisis at the US-Mexico border. Four Republicans joined Democrats to vote 216-214 against the measure. Critics of President Joe Biden’s administration blame Mayorkas for a surge in illegal immigration, making border security a key issue in the 2024 election.
Republican Attempt to Impeach Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Over Border Crisis Fails
Republican leaders’ attempt to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas regarding the ongoing migrant crisis at the US-Mexico border has been thwarted after a narrow vote in the House of Representatives. The largely Democrat dismissed the measure 216-214, with four Republicans breaking party lines to vote against it.
Alejandro Mayorkas has been blamed by Joe Biden’s opponents for the surge in illegal immigration at the US border. This issue is increasingly figuring prominently in the 2024 election agenda.
The impeachment proceedings were initiated by Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia Republican. Despite the vote’s failure, she expressed her intention to try again and suggested that nay-saying colleagues would face backlash from their constituents.
The House Speaker, Mike Johnson, echoed Greene’s sentiments. He expressed confidence that the Republicans would prevail ‘on the next round’ and highlighted the extremely thin margin between the two parties, emphasizing the significance of every vote.
Although impeachment proceedings against Mayorkas have halted for now, Republicans are optimistic about the possibility of reintroducing the measure in the future. They are undeterred by setbacks and are conducting a separate impeachment investigation into President Biden.
Impeachment, a constitutional process, can be initiated for a federal official accused of a high crime or misdemeanour. The process would require a simple majority in the House and two-thirds majority in the Senate.
According to a January poll conducted by CBS, 63% of Americans favour stricter border policies. Since Biden’s presidency began in 2021, over 6.3 million migrants have reportedly entered the US illegally. Of these, about 2.4 million have been permitted to stay in the US while awaiting immigration court dates for their asylum cases. The court system’s backlog means this process can take years.
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