Rep. Pat Fallon Files Articles of Impeachment Against DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

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Making good on a promise he made last week before Congress was sworn in, articles of impeachment were filed Monday against DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas by Rep. Pat Fallon (R-TX).

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Last week Fallon told Fox News:

“Since day one, Secretary Mayorkas’ policies have undermined law enforcement activities at our southern border. From perjuring himself before Congress about maintaining operational control of the border to the infamous ‘whip-gate’ slander against our border patrol agents, Secretary Mayorkas has proven time and time again that he is unfit to lead the Department of Homeland Security.

“His willful actions have eroded our immigration system, undermined border patrol morale, and jeopardized American national security. He has violated the law and it is time for him to go,”

In November, McCarthy called on Mayorkas to resign, saying that if he did not, the new Congress would look into starting an impeachment inquiry.

“Our country may never recover from Secretary Mayorkas’ dereliction of duty. This is why today I am calling on the Secretary to resign. He cannot and must not remain in that position. If Secretary Mayorkas does not resign, House Republicans will investigate every order, every action, and every failure. We’ll determine whether we can begin an impeachment inquiry.”

It seems that since that time Rep. Fallon has determined that impeachment was indeed warranted. The articles, known as House Resolution 8 and alleging “high crimes and misdemeanors,” have been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

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The text of the articles is not yet available, but Fox News reported last week that:

Fallon’s first article alleges that Mayorkas has failed to faithfully execute the “Secure the Fence Act of 2006.” The article says that law requires the secretary of Homeland Security to “maintain operational control over the entire international land and maritime borders of the United States.”

The second article alleges that Mayorkas, “in violation of his constitutional oath, willfully provided perjurious, false, and misleading testimony to Congress.” To back up that charge, the article quotes Mayorkas’ testimony during April 26 and Nov. 15 congressional hearings in which he said the border was secure.

The final of the three articles charges that Mayorkas “publicly and falsely slandered” border agents who were accused – but later cleared – of whipping Haitian migrants in Del Rio, Texas, in 2021.

Both in November and in appearances on Sunday shows this week, Mayorkas has said that he has no intention of resigning and that he is prepared to face GOP investigations.

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