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House Republicans vote to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

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  • Alejandro Mayorkas faces impeachment.
  • House Republicans say he mismanaged the border crisis.
  • What happens next.

House Republicans voted on Tuesday to impeach the Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

They are accusing him of mismanaging the border crisis.

After a failed vote on February 6, the Repbublican-led House succeeded with 214 votes in favor and 213 against.

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Republicans are accusing Mayorkas, President Biden’s immigration chief, of several crimes.

These include «breaching public trust» by saying the border was secure and «willfully and systematically» refusing to enforce existing immigration laws, according to The Associated Press.

Republican Congressmen Ken Buck, Mike Gallagher and Tom McClintock voted against the resolution, in addition to the entire Democratic caucus.

However, the last word lies with the Senate, which is controlled by the Democrats.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas faces impeachment

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Tuesday’s narrow vote to impeach comes after Republicans weren’t able to muster the votes last week.

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise could not be present for the first impeachment vote due to health problems, however he was able to make it on Tuesday.

Critics argue that the Republicans’ complaints don’t reach the level of «high crimes» required for impeachment.

This is the first time that the Lower House has voted to impeach a Cabinet secretary in 150 years, according to the AP.

President Biden rails against House Republicans

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The only time this occurred was in 1876, when then-secretary of war William Belknap was impeached but later acquitted by the Senate.

After tonight’s vote, President Joe Biden rebuked Republicans.

He called the impeachment vote a «blatant act of unconstitutional partisanship that has targeted an honorable public servant in order to play petty political games.»

He alluded to last week’s failed vote against Mayorkas, a Cuban immigrant who came to the United States with his family as a political refugee.

Alejandro Mayorkas has more than two decades of public service

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Alejandro Mayorkas has a «decorated career» spanning more than two decades of public service, Biden said in a statement.

«Republicans with genuine concerns about the border should want Congress to deliver more border resources and stronger border security,» Biden added.

After the vote, House Speaker Mike Johnson declared, «Secretary Mayorkas has willfully and consistently refused to comply with federal immigration laws, fueling the worst border catastrophe in American history.»

This is the result of an investigation by the GOP-led Homeland Security Committee.

Democrats push back against the impeachment vote

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Democratic Minority Whip Katherine Clark, stated that Tuesday’s «shameful vote» by House Republicans is baseless and «craven.»

She added that, «[T]they have never cared about border security, only craven political games,» according to EFE.

«They refuse to engage with the Biden administration and Congressional Democrats on commonsense immigration solutions,» she continued.

«They are only advancing this impeachment to undermine bipartisan action, foment chaos, and bolster Donald Trump.”

Democratic senators are unlikely to advance Mayorkas’ impeachment

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Alejandro Mayorkas is unlikely to face an impeachment trial because the decision now goes to the Democratic-controlled Senate.

It will require a two-thirds vote in order to go forward.

Many believe it will be shelved indefinitely after this.

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