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House of Representatives Votes to Defund Alejandro Mayorkas

On Wednesday, the United States House of Representatives passed legislation that would completely defund the office of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

As the Daily Wire reports, the measure was passed as an amendment to appropriations legislation that will provide the DHS with tens of billions of dollars in the next fiscal year. The amendment to defund Mayorkas’ office exclusively was introduced by Congressman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.). In the final floor vote, 193 Republican members voted for the bill while 172 Democrats voted against it, as did one Republican. Another 72 members, 28 Republicans and 44 Democrats, were not present for the vote.

“The House just passed my amendment to defund the office of the DHS Secretary,” Biggs announced in a post on X. “Alejandro Mayorkas — who was impeached earlier this year — doesn’t deserve a single penny from American taxpayers.”

A previous attempt at defunding Mayorkas was introduced by Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), who introduced an amendment to reduce his salary to just $1; that amendment ultimately failed.

The vote comes four months after Mayorkas was impeached by the House in a narrow margin of 214 to 213, thus making him only the second Cabinet secretary in U.S. history to be impeached, and the first to be impeached since William Belknap, the Secretary of War, in 1876. Mayorkas was impeached on two articles of “willfully and systematically” refusing to enforce existing immigration laws, and “breaching the public trust” with false statements regarding the border crisis.

Despite the historic impeachment in February, the Democrat-controlled Senate voted in April to end Mayorkas’ trial without a vote on his guilt.

Mayorkas has faced perhaps more scrutiny and backlash than any other member of the Biden Cabinet due to his role in the ongoing mass migration crisis. Mayorkas has repeatedly made contradictory claims, suggesting that the southern border is secure while simultaneously blaming current issues on the Trump Administration.

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About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 18: U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas speaks during a hearing with the Senate Homeland Security Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on April 18, 2023 in Washington, DC. Mayorkas testified on the Department of Homeland Security's Fiscal Year 2024 budget request and took questions on a range of topics including the U.S. northern and southern borders. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

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  1. Too little, too late. The damage this immigrant has done to Our Republic ® may be irreversible. Why wasn’t his background subject to intense scrutiny prior to his elevation to Cabinet Cardinal of Mass Migration? Had the public understood his questionable and fraud-ridden past (Obama Administration USCIS and Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, see, also Refugee Resettlement Watch for the actions of that tax-exempt wrecking ball), it would surely have taken action to prevent his installation in a key position. Painting Cubans with a broad brush of patriotism and devotion to the United States must be challenged at every opportunity after Mayorkas.

    Not only should his office be defunded, he should be prevented from holding any public office (elective or appointed) in the future or even interacting with any government official. Finally, the prevailing insanity that Republicans should rubber stamp any and every judicial nominee and/or cabinet member simply because “election” will provide more reasons to withdraw support because they have proven themselves to be cowardly, lazy members of the Uniparty. CIS did an excellent job summing up Mayorkas’ compromised ethics:

    Better yet, ship him back to Cuba on a one-way boat.

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