Johnson, the House Speaker, demands that the Senate hold an impeachment trial for Mayorkas.

House Speaker Demands Senate Hold Impeachment Trial For Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas

By Casey Harper (The Center Square)

U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., has sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-Calif., demanding that he hold a full impeachment trial for Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

The letter states that articles of impeachment for Mayorkas will be delivered to the Senate on April 10. This action comes after the House narrowly voted last month to impeach Mayorkas, citing the border crisis and the unprecedented influx of illegal immigrants and drugs into the U.S. since President Joe Biden took office.

Johnson contends that Mayorkas was impeached “for high crimes and misdemeanors, including his willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law and his breach of the public trust.”

“The evidence on both charges is clear, comprehensive, and compelling, and the House’s solemn act to impeach the first sitting Cabinet official in American history demands timely action by the Senate,” Johnson added.

House Republicans who voted to impeach Mayorkas argue that he has intentionally refused to enforce immigration laws and has implemented new migration programs that violate existing laws. The border crisis has resulted in more than 11 million illegal immigrants entering the U.S. under Biden’s administration, causing strains on border communities and major cities where they settle.

Additionally, the crisis has led to the apprehension of individuals with known or suspected terrorist ties trying to enter the U.S. illegally, as well as a surge in fentanyl overdoses, with Mexican drug cartels taking advantage of the relaxed borders.

“He refused to comply with the requirements of the immigration laws passed by Congress. In fact, he directed, through a series of memoranda, DHS employees to violate U.S. immigration laws,” Johnson said in the letter. “Consequently, the Secretary is responsible for releasing millions of illegal aliens into the interior and creating unlawful mass-parole programs. Throughout his tenure, he has repeatedly lied to Congress and the American people about the scope of the crisis and his role in it. His unlawful actions are responsible for the historic crisis that has devastated communities throughout our country, from the smallest border town in Texas to New York City.”

Johnson emphasized that Congress has the constitutional authority to impeach Mayorkas and called on the Senate to hold a fair trial.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott met with Johnson in Austin to discuss the ongoing impact of the border crisis and urged the passage of border security legislation to curb illegal crossings at the southern border. Abbott also briefed Johnson on Operation Lone Star, Texas’s border security mission.

It is imperative for the Senate to consider the articles of impeachment against Mayorkas and uphold accountability for the border crisis that has been affecting communities across the United States.

This report is syndicated with permission from The Center Square.