In response to the administration’s border strategy, U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy demanded the resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Tuesday, pledging to initiate inquiries in 2019 that might result in impeachment.
“We’ll utilize our purchasing power and subpoena authority. The disaster’s perpetrators will be held accountable, to be clear, McCarthy stated at an El Paso news conference. “House Republicans will look at every order, action, and failure to see whether we can start impeachment investigations if Secretary Mayorkas does not quit,” they said.
McCarthy Wants Mayorkas To Hand In Resignation
As they prepare to win control of the House next year, Republicans will intensify their attacks on Democrats and the Biden administration by making border security one of their main talking points. With over 2.4 million interactions for the fiscal year, U.S. Border Patrol reported its highest-ever number of migrant arrests on the southwest border last month.
McCarthy also stated that, if he is elected House speaker the next year, congressional hearings on border security will be held. McCarthy made these remarks after touring the border with members of the Texas Republican delegation. McCarthy was nominated by Republicans last week for the speakership, but the vote will not be held until January.
Mayorkas received a letter from U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, last month informing him that if illegal crossings don’t decrease, impeachment may be on the books. The letter was also signed by South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham.
Mayorkas does not intend to retire and is proud to advance the objective of the agency, according to a statement released by the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday. McCarthy’s bid for speaker has also been under attack from the right wing of the Republican conference, which has further motivated him to sharpen his stance. McCarthy stated on Tuesday that any impeachment would be the subject of a thorough inquiry and that “we never conduct impeachment for political purposes.”