House Impeaches Sec. of Homeland Security In Historic Vote

February 13, 2024

Alejandro Mayorkas deserves to be impeached, and Congress has a constitutional obligation to do so.

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) on the impeachment of the Secretary of Homeland Security – the first time in American history Congress has impeached a sitting Cabinet member.

Why it Matters: A historic number of people continue to come across the U.S. borders without legal status. Despite bipartisan agreement that the border needs to be prioritized, neither Democrats or Republicans, nor the White House, have presented a legislative or executive policy solution to address the surge of people, and deter the record pacing.

Republicans, who have a slim majority in the House, led this impeachment effort against Sec. Mayorkas, blaming him for “fueling the worst border catastrophe in American history” – including charges of “willfully and consistently” ignoring immigration laws and abreach of public trust by asserting the border(s) are secure. A first attempt at an impeachment vote last week failed; this impeachment effort passed 214-213.

While Sec. Mayorkas did not appear at any impeachment proceedings, he put the blame back on Congress this weekend in an interview: “There is no question that we have a challenge, a crisis at the border. And there is no question that Congress needs to fix it.”

The White House called the impeachment “baseless” and a “blatant act of unconstitutional partisanship.” READ MORE

Sec. Mayorkas could face an impeachment trial in the Senate (with the high stakes being removal from office) but the impeachment charges could also languish in committee, if the Democrat-led Senate has no interest to pursue this issue further.

The last time a Cabinet member faced an impeachment charge? More than 150 years ago, when the Sec. of War for President Grant faced an impending vote for a “kickback scheme,” but he resigned shortly before it happened.

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