In no uncertain terms, Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX) declared that House Republicans will use their majority coming in January to impeach Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Interviewed on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” the representative said that Mayorkas “has got to go.” The new GOP majority, he asserted, will investigate “every decision he’s made” and use both the subpoena and the purse to go after the secretary.
Jackson called Mayorkas’ leadership a “complete, absolute disaster.” With record numbers of illegal migrants crossing the nation’s southern border, the congressman said the blame points squarely at the top.
He referred to the DHS secretary and President Joe Biden as the “traffickers in chief.”
Savage Texas Congressman drops entire border wall on Mayorkas, promises to IMPEACH him:
"He has got to GO. We need to make an example of Mayorkas, and he'll be just the start of what we do in this new Congress"
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) November 28, 2022
Jackson called out the lack of accountability for the Biden administration on a number of failures. Among them are the economy and runaway inflation, the COVID-19 response, the bungled withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the border crisis.
Further, he slammed the White House for incentivizing illegal immigration. Jackson criticized the gifting of “plane tickets, train tickets, bus tickets, cellphones, welfare, schools, and health care.” The combination, he said, created a powerful pull for those who come here illegally.
Because of this and much more, he concluded that Mayorkas is “damaging and destroying this country.”
And Jackson is hardly alone in his assessment.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) last week called on Mayorkas to resign over the administration’s abject failure to control the southern border.
At a news conference in El Paso, McCarthy said that leaders who allowed and encouraged this situation “will be held accountable.” If Mayorkas holds onto his position, the Republican pledged that the House will probe “every order, every action, and every failure.”
This will be done, he added, to determine if impeachment proceedings should be initiated.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) informed Mayorkas last month in a letter that if illegal border crossings remain at record highs, he may face impeachment. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) also signed the writing.
DHS officials predictably responded with a statement deflecting blame for their failures onto Congress. They said that the department will “continue” to enforce federal law and keep the borders secure. The statement also called for a reworking of the “broken” immigration system.