On Tuesday, House Republican Leader, and expected Speaker of the 118th House, Kevin McCarthy, called on DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to resign over his botched handling of the Biden Border Crisis. McCarthy stated that should the Secretary choose not to resign, he could face an impeachment inquiry when Republicans assume control of the House next year.
McCarthy stated at a press conference in El Paso, Texas, during a southern border tour:
[Mayorkas] 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 to determine whether we can begin an impeachment inquiry. Those responsible for this disaster will be held accountable.
McCarthy added that he had already spoken with Reps. Jim Jordan and James Comer, ranking Republicans of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees, explaining that they have his complete support in investigating the "collapse" of the border.
"[Mayorkas's] actions have produced the great[est] wave of illegal immigration in recorded history. This is why today I am calling on the secretary to resign." - Kevin McCarthy
According to Fox News, Rep. McCarthy stated before his press conference that if he is elected Speaker of the House, "he plans to hold congressional border hearings physically at the border, a move he says will force Democrats to see the ongoing border crisis firsthand."
Fox News adds:
A growing number of Republicans have called for the impeachment of Mayorkas over his handling of the border crisis, which has hammered the border since the beginning of 2021. There were over 1.7 million migrant encounters in FY 2021 and over 2.3 million in FY 2022. FY 2023 is not shaping up to grant much relief to overwhelming border communities, with over 230,000 migrant encounters in October -- the highest number for an October in years. Meanwhile, there has been a daily average of more than 2,500 "gotaways" getting past Border Patrol agents.
In Sec. Mayorkas’s and Pres. Biden’s defense, the White House has fallen back on its usual talking points, blaming "root causes" like violence, poverty, and climate change for the unprecedented border crisis. Meanwhile, Republicans continue to blame the admin. for rolling back border policies like Remain in Mexico and purposefully hindering interior enforcement. For context, The GOP immigration blueprint (see below), released in July, includes the reinstatement of the successful Remain in Mexico (MPP) program.
This announcement comes just after a D.C. federal judge forced the admin. to stop utilizing the public health order Title 42 after finding the order unlawful under the Administrative Procedures Act. However, Mayorkas has claimed that DHS does have a plan to deal with the massive surge of migrants expected when Title 42 is finally wound down.
The news of McCarthy's announcement instantly made its way back to Washington, where the White House's Press Secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, accused the GOP of lacking a substantive plan and participating in performative politics. Sec. Jean-Pierre stated:
McCarthy has no plan. The Republican Party has no plan. They do nothing except political stunts.
Despite the Press Secretary's erroneous claims, the House GOP's American Security Task Force released the plan below to end the Biden border crisis in July 2022.
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Updated: Wed, Nov 23rd 2022 @ 5:43am EST