GOP Schedules Impeachment Markup For Mayorkas

( – The House Committee on Homeland Security has been investigating Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ role in the crisis at the nation’s southern border since Republicans took control of the chamber after the 2022 midterm elections. Late last year, the panel released a scathing report detailing the “devastating human costs” of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) head’s failed “open border policies.” Committee Chairman Mark Green (R-TN) initiated a series of impeachment hearings beginning on January 11. A recent report indicated the committee has scheduled a markup for Mayorkas.

For those unfamiliar with the term in a political context, a markup is a committee meeting conducted to debate, draft, amend, and rewrite proposed legislative measures. In this instance, The Hill obtained a copy of an internal Republican memorandum that revealed the Homeland Security Committee recently scheduled one to consider articles of impeachment against Mayorkas on January 31 at 10:00 a.m.

Green refused to confirm the document’s authenticity, adding that he would neither confirm nor deny a timeline for the next phase of the committee’s roughly year-long effort to impeach Mayorkas.

However, media outlets like Newsmax reported that the January 31 date outlined in the memo “tracks with the timeline” previously promised by Green.

Other committee members didn’t share Green’s reservations regarding speaking out about the proposed markup. For instance, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) told reporters he anticipated the panel’s formal articles of impeachment would drop on the last day of the month.

In the meantime, the Homeland Security Committee held its second impeachment hearing on January 18. Green delivered a fiery opening statement to kick off the proceeding. He warned fellow panelists and the country at large that no American was safe in the face of Mayorkas’ “refusal to enforce the law.”

The chairman explained that due to Mayorkas’ negligence, US Border Patrol agents had intercepted and arrested nearly 42,000 aliens with prior criminal convictions, including more than 15,000 during FY 2023, which ended the last day of September. He also discussed rising crimes perpetrated against law-abiding Americans by migrants and the rising flood of fentanyl and other opioids crossing the border into the US, leading to a massive spike in deaths.

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