Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Facing Articles of Impeachment from GOP Lawmaker

Republican House Judiciary Committee member Andy Biggs of Arizona, announced he is planning on bringing articles of impeachment against Alejandro Mayorkas, Homeland Security Secretary Tuesday. 

Biggs, who is a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said it is Congress’s responsibility to “remove a public official from office … who is causing public harm,” citing the intents of the Founding Fathers. 

The Representative said he has often been questioned about his plan since Mayorkas hasn’t been charged with any misdemeanors or felonies — in the line of the impeachment clause’s “high crimes and misdemeaners.”

“High crimes means that you are a public official, and you have violated the public trust, and you have to be removed,” said Biggs.

Mayorkas is a native of Cuba who grew in in Beverly Hills, California, following his family fleeing from the Castros. He has been under fire for his disastrous handling of the southern border crisis, with members of the GOP like Biggs claiming he has failed to enforce standing federal immigration laws. Instead, he has been at the helm during the deluge of illegal immigrants across the southern border. 

“He basically got rid of every policy [from the Trump-era and prior] that was working,” said Biggs. 

Biggs hails from the Tucson area. He said the Yuma border sector saw less than 9,000 illegal immigrant encounters before the Biden-Mayorkas administration. In 2022, the same region saw 360,000 encounters, according to Biggs. 

“Quite frankly, the first thing that goes when a country is actually devolving is when you lose your geographical integrity,” said Biggs, adding that it has become clear that Mayorkas is intentionally causing chaos in the U.S.

“And Secretary Mayorkas — that’s his main job — he has willfully imposed his own dangerous policies on us. It’s not negligence. It’s not incompetence. It’s willful.”

Rep. Biggs isn’t the first lawmaker in the House to take a solid stand against Mayorkas’ job performance

Fellow Arizonan Representative Debbie Lesko, called on the secretary to step down or face investigation by the newly-Republican-led chamber in November. 

In April, GOP Representative Ken Buck of Colorado told Mayorkas during a hearing that he has heard from several constituents, asking when an impeachment would be imminent. Some are comparing the Secretary to the infamous officer in the Continental Army who plotted with British Major John Andre to surrender the fort of the Patriots in West Point, New York, during the American Revolution. 

“They don’t believe that you’ve committed a high crime, and they don’t believe you’ve committed a misdemeanor. My constituents want you impeached because they believe you’ve committed treason. They believe you’re a traitor. They compare you to Benedict Arnold,” said Buck during the hearing. 

At the April hearing, Mayorkas returned a steely look and called the accusations “so profoundly offensive on so many levels.”

“Let me share with you quite succinctly. I am incredibly proud of my service to this country. It is more than 20 years of service in the civilian corps, as a federal prosecutor and as a member of the Department of Homeland Security,” replied Mayorkas.