Showing with Republicans in El Paso, Texas, Home GOP Chief Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday referred to as on Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to resign for failing to safe the southern border.
If Mayorkas doesn’t resign, McCarthy warned, Home Republicans will examine him and his division to find out whether or not to launch impeachment proceedings.
Particularly, McCarthy pointed to latest suicides of Border patrol brokers; the Biden administration’s choice to finish the “Stay in Mexico” coverage, a Trump-era program designed to limit immigration on the southern border; and Biden’s efforts to finish Title 42, a Trump-era Covid coverage that allowed authorities to restrict asylum-seekers from crossing the border.
“His actions have produced the best wave of unlawful immigration in recorded historical past. Our nation could by no means get better from Secretary Mayorkas’s dereliction of obligation,” stated McCarthy, flanked by fellow Home Republicans. “This is the reason at present I’m calling on the Secretary to resign. He can’t and should not stay in that place.
“If Secretary Mayorkas doesn’t resign,” McCarthy continued, “Home Republicans will examine each order, each motion and each failure [and] will decide whether or not we are able to start impeachment inquiry.”
McCarthy’s remarks come as he has been struggling to lock up assist from the 218 Republicans that he must win the vote for speaker on the Home ground on Jan. 3.
Many conservatives who’re withholding assist are insisting that Home Republicans impeach Mayorkas after they take energy subsequent yr. McCarthy’s remarks Tuesday had been seen as a part of his efforts to shore up assist from a few of these recalcitrant conservatives.
A White Home spokesman famous in a tweet that McCarthy had traveled to the border and referred to as for Mayorkas’s resignation in April, to no avail.
“McCarthy went to the border, staged a political stunt devoid of any options, and threatened to question Sec. Mayorkas. In April,” White Home spokesman Ian Sams stated in a tweet.
“He’s actually dusting off previous information, as an alternative of studying classes from Home Rs’ historic midterm underperformance.”
Victoria Ebner contributed.