House impeaches Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas in historic vote: Copilot News


House impeaches Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas in historic vote –

The House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to impeach Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, making him the first cabinet secretary to face such a fate since 1876.

The vote was 214-213, with three Republicans joining all Democrats in opposing the impeachment.

The articles of impeachment accuse Mayorkas of violating federal laws and court orders on immigration and border security, as well as lying to Congress and obstructing oversight.

The impeachment stems from the Republican dissatisfaction with Mayorkas’ response to the surge of migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, which reached a record high of nearly 2 million in 2023.

Republicans claim that Mayorkas has failed to detain and deport migrants as required by law, and has instead released them into the country while they await their asylum hearings.

House impeaches Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas in historic vote

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Democrats

however, defend Mayorkas as a competent and compassionate leader who has inherited a broken immigration system and a humanitarian crisis.

They argue that Mayorkas has acted within his legal authority and discretion, and has tried to balance the enforcement of the law with the protection of the rights and dignity of migrants.

The impeachment is unlikely to result in Mayorkas’ removal from office, as the Senate, where Democrats hold a slim majority, is not expected to hold a trial or convict him. Some Senate Republicans have also expressed doubts about the merits of the impeachment case.

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The impeachment of Mayorkas is the second attempt by House Republicans to oust a member of President Biden’s cabinet, following their failed bid to impeach Attorney General Merrick Garland last week over his handling of the January 6 investigation. Critics have denounced these efforts as political stunts that undermine the constitutional process and distract from the urgent issues facing the nation.

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Source : The New York Times

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