On Sunday, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas vowed not to step down as the new GOP majority in the House of Representatives threatens to impeach him.
Politico reports that Mayorkas went on ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos to discuss his future plans as the threat of impeachment looms with the new Congress having been sworn in.
“I’ve got a lot of work to do, and we’re going to do it,” said Mayorkas, who also claimed he would join Biden on his brief visit to the border in El Paso, Texas, where Biden skipped any of the areas with major damage in favor of simply viewing a point of entry and some border fencing.
With the new majority, the Republican Party has set its sights on Mayorkas in particular over his poor handling of the border crisis, repeatedly refusing to enforce border security and letting more illegals in, sometimes apprehending them only to simply release them again.
“If Secretary Mayorkas does not resign, House Republicans will investigate every order, every action and every failure to determine whether we can begin impeachment inquiries,” said Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) back in November when he paid his own visit to the border. McCarthy was elected Speaker over the weekend after 15 ballots.
“We are dealing within a broken immigration system that Congress has failed to repair for decades,” said Mayorkas in the ABC interview. “And there is unanimity with respect to that reality.”
“The world is dealing with the greatest displacement of people since World War II in the Western Hemisphere,” he continued. “Our entire hemisphere is gripped with a migration challenge.”
The Biden Administration recently unveiled several new immigration policies, allowing for more deportations under Title 42 in exchange for accepting up to 30,000 illegals per month if they come from the nations of Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. Biden had previously attempted to end the use of Title 42 before the Supreme Court ordered a halt to those plans, as a coalition of 19 Republican-led states prepares to make their argument in favor of the policy’s preservation.
Other figures in the Biden Administration being considered for impeachment include Attorney General Merrick Garland, for abuses of power with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI cracking down on political opposition since Biden took power. Biden himself is also a likely target for eventual impeachment, primarily due to his family’s numerous suspicious business deals with foreign companies during his time as vice president.