DHS Secretary Mayorkas Calls Impeachment Allegations ‘False’

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas defended himself against impeachment allegations in Congress in a letter to the House GOP Tuesday, calling the accusations “false” and asking Congress to patch up the failing U.S. southern border with Mexico with new legislation.

The House Homeland Security Committee met Tuesday to mark up the articles of impeachment against Mayorkas before sending them to the full House for a vote. Mayorkas has not testified before the committee and responded to the impeachment articles in a letter to the committee chairman, Rep. Mark Green (R-TN).

House Republicans say Mayorkas and the Joe Biden Administration has ignored federal immigration law in its border and immigration policy. If impeached, the Homeland Security secretary would be the second White House Cabinet official in U.S. history to face impeachment.

The first article of impeachment alleges Mayorkas “has willfully and systemically refused to comply with Federal immigration laws.” The second impeachment article accuses him of violating the “public trust” and “knowingly” obstructing “lawful oversight” of his department.

“We need a legislative solution and only Congress can provide it,” Mayorkas wrote in his response to the impeachment articles. “I have been privileged to join a bipartisan group of United States Senators these past several months to provide technical and operational expertise in support of their efforts to strengthen our country’s border security.”

“These efforts would yield significant new enforcement tools and make a substantial difference at our border,” added the Homeland Security secretary, before addressing the impeachment claims against him.

“Instead, you claim that we have failed to enforce our immigration laws. That is false,” Mayorkas asserted. “We have provided Congress and your Committee hours of testimony, thousands of documents, hundreds of briefings, and much more information that demonstrates quite clearly how we are enforcing the law.”

In a testy passage of the letter insinuating House Republicans are playing partisan politics, Mayorkas wrote, “I assure you that your false accusations do not rattle me and do not divert me from the law enforcement and broader public service mission to which I have devoted most of my career and to which I remain devoted.”