Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas will be the subject of a House Homeland Security Committee hearing next week with the secretary himself under investigation for allegations of "dereliction of duty."
Fox News reported that the allegations against Mayorkas are centered around his handling, or lack thereof, of the national security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border. The hearing is imaginatively titled, "Open Borders, Closed Case: Secretary Mayorkas’ Dereliction of Duty on the Border Crisis."
The hearing is part of the committee's oversight timetable following a March hearing punctuated by the devastating testimony of Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz. The chief described a horrifying scenario that saw his agents overwhelmed with no operational control of the border. The committee subsequently shifted back to work on a border and immigration package that has so far languished in the Senate.
Committee Chairman Rep. Mark Green (R-TN) explained that after the passage of the legislation, the investigation into Mayorkas is next on the committee's agenda.
"We passed the legislation, and now we're gearing up to hold Mayorkas accountable. That's essentially what starts next Wednesday. And it's going to be a process of basically investigating, looking at the facts of the decisions that have been made by this secretary and how it's impacted the American people," he told Fox.
While calls to impeach Mayorkas for the radically ineffective border policies that have led our nation to this scenario resound through the House, articles of impeachment have already been drawn up.
Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) said in a statement,
“The Founders intended that impeachment of a senior executive should require clear evidence of intentional, repeated unconstitutional or illegal actions that bring measurable injury to our Republic. Secretary Mayorkas has long ago crossed that threshold. His arrogant disregard for the security and sanctity of the American people has been shocking to behold. I think that in my 62 years, I’ve never met a more pompous, insidious man. I prepared the foundational posit of these articles long ago, yet I’ve been prayerful that impeachment might not be required. I’ve given him fair warning to resign his position. Now, he shall reap what he hath sown.”
In a post to Twitter, Congressman Andy Biggs (R-AZ) recounted Wednesday that "In under 90 seconds, a legal expert rattled off four statutes DHS Secretary Mayorkas has violated while serving under President Biden. The evidence is clear. DHS Secretary Mayorkas is in dereliction of his duties and ought to be impeached."
Green stressed that the committee hasn't made that determination yet, "My mission as the chairman of [the committee] is ‘get to the facts.’ So we're not talking about that. We're not using that word. Every single thing we're going to look at, every rock we're going to look under is to find the facts," Green said. "And the facts, I think, are going to show that he has disregarded the laws passed by Congress, subverted those laws, been dishonest to Congress and the American people, among many, many other things. And we're just going to get to the bottom of all that."
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