Senators Shoot Down Impeachment Charges Against Mayorkas

( – Since President Joe Biden took office and started dismantling his predecessor’s policies, the immigration crisis at the Southern border has only gotten worse. The boundary is a portal for illegal immigrants, human traffickers, and drug smugglers, many of whom are never caught or if they are, they are often released into our country by immigration officials. House Republicans tried to hold Department of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas responsible for the failure to secure the border by passing articles of impeachment against him, but the Senate had other plans.

The US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) had over 3.2 million enforcement actions in fiscal year 2023. That’s up from from 683,000 in 2018. While most Republicans (and some Democrats) lay most of the blame solidly at the president’s feet, many believe enforcing current laws would help stem the tide. They believe the person who failed to do just that is Mayorkas.

In February, the House approved two articles of impeachment against the DHS leader. The first article accused him of the “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law.” The second one alleged Mayorkas breached the public trust. The articles were sent to the Senate on April 16, where Republicans were hoping to force a full Senate trial and vote. However, Democrats had other plans.

The GOP had a glimmer of hope when the point-of-order request from Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for unanimous consent was shot down by Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-MO). This would have set limits on the proceedings.

However, Schumer wasn’t done. His next point of order was to declare the first article of impeachment unconstitutional. In his speech he said, the articles didn’t “allege conduct that rises to the level of a high crime or misdemeanor” as required by the Constitution. GOP members tried to object, but in the end, a majority of senators agreed. The vote was 51-49 along party lines. The second article met a similar fate.

In total, the entire process took less than three hours.

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