The upcoming House Republicans’ impeachment hearing against Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Jan. 10 will center on the profound impact his border policies have had on America’s heartland. The Homeland Security Committee is slated to hear testimonies from the attorneys general of Missouri, Montana, and Oklahoma, highlighting the adverse effects of Mayorkas’s leadership in handling the surge of illegal immigrants at the U.S.–Mexico border. These testimonies will underscore Mayorkas’s alleged “failed leadership” in addressing the escalating crisis.
The hearing follows House Republicans’ referral of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-Ga.) resolution to impeach Mayorkas to the Homeland Security Committee after failing to pass it in November. The Committee’s investigation generated five reports, charging Mayorkas with various accusations, including endangering U.S. citizens’ lives, empowering drug cartels, and squandering taxpayer dollars with his perceived “open-borders” policies.
Rep. Mark Green (R-Tenn.), the committee’s chairman, emphasized the importance of accountability, citing Mayorkas’s alleged failure to uphold his oath of office, as revealed by their investigation. The upcoming hearing seeks to address these pressing concerns and explore Mayorkas’s handling of the border crisis.
House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) led a delegation of 64 Republicans to Eagle Pass, Texas, to witness firsthand the escalating crisis along the border. Johnson conveyed the overwhelming challenges faced by local communities, the surge in illegal border crossings, and the influx of lethal drugs into the country, attributing these issues to President Biden’s policies, which included halting border wall construction and ending the Trump administration’s Remain in Mexico policy.
In response, Secretary Mayorkas, during his visit to Eagle Pass, reiterated the administration’s stance, attributing the border crisis to a broken immigration system and the lack of legislative reforms by Congress. He emphasized the administration’s efforts to promote lawful pathways while appealing to Congress for legislative changes and funding to support frontline officers.
Mayorkas highlighted the dire need for a comprehensive immigration system overhaul, urging Congress to approve President Biden’s supplemental funding request of $13.6 billion for border security. However, the package’s tie to additional aid for Ukraine led to Senate opposition, with Republicans criticizing the lack of border policy reforms.
Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) expressed concerns about a potential watered-down deal in the ongoing negotiations, urging Republicans to stand firm for effective border security measures. He emphasized the need to prioritize border security, suggesting the passage of H.R. 2, the Secure the Border Act, as a critical step to address the crisis, a bill previously passed by House Republicans but stalled in the Senate.
Republicans underscored the necessity to secure the border effectively and urged Democrats to address these concerns seriously, indicating their reluctance to accept half-hearted measures or concessions that fail to address the escalating border crisis adequately.