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House Postpones Greene’s Motion for Mayorkas Impeachment Vote

On Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives decided to postpone a resolution seeking the impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, which was initiated by Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (Republican from Georgia). This resolution was a response to Mayorkas’ approach to managing the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border. The motion to defer the resolution to the Homeland Security Committee was supported by eight Republican representatives alongside the Democrats, resulting in a vote of 209-201 against bringing the resolution to the floor for a direct vote. The Republican representatives who voted in favor of the motion were Patrick Mchenry (North Carolina), Tom McClintock (California), John Duarte (California), Virginia Foxx (Virginia), Darrell Issa (California), Cliff Bentz (Oregon), Ken Buck (Colorado), and Mike Turner (Ohio).

Greene’s resolution, introduced in May, accused Mayorkas of intentionally allowing border crossings and violating the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which demands strict border security. The resolution’s rejection is seen as a setback for Greene, who has been vocal in her criticism of Mayorkas and the Homeland Security Committee for their handling of border security issues. She has expressed frustration over the delay in addressing her impeachment proposal.

The impeachment effort has highlighted divisions within the House Republican conference, with some members supporting Greene’s aggressive approach and others advocating for a more standard legislative process. For instance, House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (Republican from Minnesota) openly endorsed Greene’s impeachment attempt, while Representative John Duarte (Republican from California) expressed disinterest in such measures, emphasizing the need for a more structured approach through the Judiciary Committee.

Mayorkas has been a frequent target of criticism by House Republicans, who are concerned about border security and immigration policies under President Biden’s administration. The effort to impeach Mayorkas has seen various phases, with different members leading the charge at different times. However, Greene’s recent push to expedite the impeachment process has altered the dynamics of this effort.

Greene’s impeachment articles, which claim that around 10 million illegal border crossers have entered the U.S., reflect a strong stance on border security that resonates with a segment of the Republican base. However, some Republicans have called for a more cautious approach, emphasizing the need to build a stronger case for impeachment. This cautious approach is contrasted with Greene’s strategy of forcing a vote through a privileged resolution.

The Department of Homeland Security has criticized Greene’s efforts as baseless and counterproductive, urging Congress to focus on collaborative efforts to address immigration reforms. The decision to refer the resolution back to the committee allows Republicans to avoid a direct vote on the matter, but it also presents a challenge in reconciling the divergent views within the party on how to approach the impeachment of a Cabinet member. This situation is further complicated by the historical rarity of successful Cabinet member impeachments, with the only precedent being the impeachment of William Belknap, Secretary of War under President Grant, who resigned before a conviction could be reached in the Senate.