The House of Representatives votes to impeach Alejandro Mayorkas in a significant and unprecedented decision.

House GOP Impeaches Mayorkas on Second Attempt Over Border Handling

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives voted to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for his handling of the U.S.-Mexico border. This marks only the second time in U.S. history that a Cabinet secretary has faced such a severe punishment from the chamber.

The vote, which was 214 in favor to 213 opposed, saw three Republicans joining all Democrats in support of impeachment. However, the effort is unlikely to succeed in the Senate, where Democrats hold the majority and a two-thirds vote is needed for conviction and removal from office.

Republican leaders had previously attempted to impeach Mayorkas last week, but were unsuccessful due to a small group of Republicans voting with Democrats to defeat the measure. With the return of House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, who had been undergoing cancer treatment, Republicans were able to secure another vote and successfully impeach Mayorkas.

The impeachment case against Mayorkas centers on his alleged failure to enforce immigration laws, particularly in regards to the detention of migrants awaiting court proceedings. Mayorkas and Democrats have argued that this is a matter of policy differences, and that Republicans are using impeachment as a political tactic during an election year.

In response to the impeachment, a spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security stated that there is no evidence or legitimate constitutional grounds for the charges, and that Mayorkas will continue to work towards keeping Americans safe. President Biden also condemned the impeachment as a “blatant act of unconstitutional partisanship” and a ploy for political gain.  

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