Sec. Mayorkas Impeachment Articles Walked To Senate

April 16, 2024

I have been in public service I think about 22 years. I’ve taken the oath I think five times, maybe six. I have adhered to the oath to which I have sworn and I have abided by the law each and every step of the way.

United States Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in testimony on Tuesday responding to questions about the impeachment efforts against him. Separately on Tuesday, House Republicans walked impeachment articles against him to the Senate.

Background: Encounters of people attempting entry into the U.S. along both borders have reached historic levels over the past few years, and both Republicans and Democrats agree the border must be addressed. However, many Republicans have accused Sec. Mayorkas of “willfully and systematically” ignoring immigration laws as well as breaching “public trust” by asserting the border(s) are secure. In February, the House voted to impeach Sec. Mayorkas; this marked the first time in American history that Congress impeached a sitting Cabinet member.

Why It Matters: On Tuesday, the articles of impeachment against Sec. Mayorkas were walked over to the Senate, which is now responsible for beginning a trial on the matter. While Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has not laid out a clear plan regarding next steps, he has said he intends to “address this issue as expeditiously as possible,” arguing that “Impeachment should never be used to settle a policy disagreement.” Democrats are expected to attempt to table or dismiss the charges against Sec. Mayorkas before arguments in a trial can begin, however, others are in support of a full trial. John Thune (R-SD), the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said, “This is an absolute debacle at the southern border. It is a national security crisis. There needs to be accountability.”

Big Picture: “Majority Democrats have said the GOP case against Mayorkas doesn’t rise to the ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ laid out as a bar for impeachment in the Constitution, and Schumer probably has enough votes to end the trial immediately if he decides to do so. … If the Senate were to proceed to an impeachment trial, it would be the third in five years” (The Associated Press).

Read More: House Republicans send Mayorkas impeachment articles to the Senate, forcing a trial (The Associated Press)

by Leah Grainery, based in Texas