U.S. House Committee Approves Impeachment Articles Against Sec. Mayorkas

January 31, 2024

… [Mayorkas] has willfully and systemically refused to comply with Federal immigration laws …

A charge within impeachment articles the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee approved against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas early on Wednesday.

Big Picture: Along both the southwest and northern borders, encounters of people attempting entry into the United States remain at historic levels. In the Senate, lawmakers continue negotiations on a national security spending bill that would provide funding for wars in Ukraine and Israel, the border and more.

Why It Matters: The House of Representatives’ Homeland Security Committee recommended two articles of impeachment against Sec. Mayorkas for “willful and systematic” actions that do not enforce established border policies. The committee voted 18-15 in favor of the impeachment, with Republicans supporting and Democrats against. Since its approval, an impeachment vote could move to the full House as early as next week, before the charges would head to the Senate for further consideration. If the efforts succeed, Mayorkas would become the first impeached Cabinet member in almost 150 years.

Read More: House GOP takes party-line vote toward Mayorkas impeachment as border becomes 2024 campaign issue (The Associated Press)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas