Homeland Security Chairman Green Pledges To Refile Mayorkas Impeachment

In unflinching language during a weekend conversation on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark Green (R-TN) confirmed plans to re-introduce articles of impeachment against Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. The promise to impeach stems from Mayorkas’ reckless and lawless handling of the escalating southern border crisis.

Green’s announcement follows a thorough investigation by his committee into Mayorkas’ policies and actions regarding border security. He told Fox host Maria Bartiromo: “This guy needs to go. He’s derelict in his duty, he’s broken the laws of the United States that have passed Congress, he’s lied to Congress.”

According to Green, the committee is expecting to continue its work on building a solid case for impeachment should the matter proceed to a trial in the Senate. The Constitution empowers the House to initiate all impeachment proceedings against federal officers by majority vote. Then an impeachment case goes to the Senate for a trial that closely resembles a courtroom proceeding, where a two-thirds vote is required to remove the impeached officer.

“We’re going to have about three or four hearings in January, and then we’re going to mark up the impeachment articles that have been written,” Green told Bartiromo.

The previous efforts to impeach Mayorkas have been led by Green, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and other Republicans. Even though the GOP has a slim majority in the House, the membership has not been unified in moving forward with impeaching the beleaguered DHS secretary.

After her impeachment resolution was blocked because several Republicans joined with all Democrats to vote it down, Greene’s frustration was evident “I cannot believe this, I’m outraged,” she said about her eight Republican colleagues who helped defeat the measure.

Of course, Democrats and DHS officials have spoken out in harsh opposition to efforts to impeach Mayorkas. They call the process demanding accountability “politically motivated” and “reckless impeachment charades.” The DHS issued a statement to Congress in opposition of the previous move to impeach Mayorkas that urged lawmakers to “focus on desperately needed reforms for our broken immigration system” instead.

The implications of renewed Mayorkas impeachment articles extend beyond the immediate political consequences. The controversy that will surely erupt points to the ongoing national debate about immigration, border security and the need for executive accountability in enforcing the laws enacted by Congress.