House Republicans Launch Impeachment Articles Against DHS Secretary Mayorkas

by | Jan 29, 2024 | Firm News

On Sunday Jan 28th, House Republicans unveiled articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, citing a “breach of trust” and “systemic refusal to comply with the law.” The impeachment resolution precedes Tuesday’s Homeland Security Committee vote, where Republicans aim to advance the effort along party lines. If successful, the House could vote on impeachment in early February, marking a historic but likely futile move, as no Cabinet official has been impeached since 1876.

The resolution is the outcome of a months-long investigation into Mayorkas, which gained momentum earlier this month with impeachment-related hearings. In the first article, Republicans assert Mayorkas failed to uphold immigration laws, exceeded his authority, and endangered public safety. The second article, breach of trust, accuses him of false statements to Congress, obstructing oversight, and halting U.S.-Mexico border wall construction.

Despite these claims, Mayorkas has defended his position, arguing the department’s compliance with hearings and interviews. The impeachment drive faces criticism from Democrats, legal experts, and some GOP colleagues who question the absence of evidence for high crimes or misdemeanors. The Department of Homeland Security responded, calling the upcoming committee vote “more political games” and labeling the impeachment a distraction from critical national security priorities and immigration law fixes.