The GOP House is preparing for another historic vote to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Republicans’ relentless drive to oust Mayorkas over his handling of the U.S.-Mexico border crisis is setting the stage for a turning point in American politics.
House Majority Leader Steve Scalise hinted at a rematch scheduled for Tuesday night, signaling the renewed push narrowly missed after the first attempt. The first round saw Mallorca narrowly dodge a bullet in a 214-216 vote earlier this week.
As the number of undocumented immigrants crossing a record exceeded 10,000 a day in December, Republicans are wielding the weapon of impeachment, accusing Majorca gross negligence and breach of public trust.
The GOP building is divided
But the struggle is not only along party lines. In a rare bipartisan twist, three Republicans — Reps. Ken Buck, Tom McClintock and Mike Gallagher — faced the impeachment wave, joined by Blake Moore, the vice chairman of the GOP conference, who strategically held the door open for a second. round.
The absence of House GOP Majority Leader Scalise, who was undergoing treatment for blood cancer, was a major setback for Republicans in the primary battle.
However, the path to victory remains treacherous. House Republicans cannot afford any defections, and the balance remains precarious. The looming special election in New York’s 3rd Congressional District adds another layer of uncertainty as Democrats await a potential power change that could further tip the scales.
Speaker Mike Johnson, a staunch critic of the Biden administration’s border policies, brought the charges against Mayorkas, citing a series of complaints. From allegations of willful immigration violations to allegations of obstructing congressional oversight, the charges against Mayorkas are damning.
In the corridors of power, the fate of Alejandro Mayorkas hangs in the balance, symbolizing a nation struggling with adversity immigration and the inexorable movement of party politics.
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