Republicans attempt to impeach Homeland Security secretary again

(Washington) Republicans in the House of Representatives will try on Tuesday to indict Biden’s immigration secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, who escaped this historic sanction a week ago.

Conservatives accuse this official of having caused a migration crisis on the border between the United States and Mexico, but failed by a handful of votes to indict him, in a humiliating vote.

“He is the chief architect of the catastrophe,” accuses Mike Johnson, the leader of the House of Representatives, who will decide again on the fate of the 64-year-old secretary on Tuesday, early in the evening.

“Political maneuvering”

The chances that Alejandro Mayorkas will be removed from office at the end of this impeachment procedure are extremely low, but the situation nonetheless remains a headache for Joe Biden, less than nine months before the presidential election.

Republicans, most of them close to former President Donald Trump, accuse the Democratic president of having allowed the country to be “invaded”, taking as an example the record number of migrants arrested at the border, 302,000 in December.

The Democrats brush aside this procedure, accusing the Republicans of making the secretary a scapegoat in the middle of an election year.

Immigration has emerged as one of the key issues in the campaign for the November presidential election, which will in all likelihood pit President Joe Biden against his Republican rival Donald Trump.

The main person concerned, Alejandro Mayorkas, has repeatedly rejected the Republicans’ impeachment procedure, accusing them of “wasting precious time and taxpayers’ money” in a “political maneuver”.

The last indictment of a secretary by Congress dates back to… 1876. Secretary of War William Belknap, accused of corruption, resigned before the end of the impeachment procedure.

Saved by a barefoot elected official

The Constitution provides that Congress can impeach the president, a secretary, or federal judges for “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

The procedure takes place in two stages.

First, the House of Representatives votes, by a simple majority, on articles of indictment detailing the facts alleged against the secretary: this is what is called “impeachment” in English.

This vote will take place on Tuesday evening.

If most Republican elected officials are in favor of indicting Alejandro Mayorkas, three parliamentarians from this camp have already indicated that they would vote against, considering the sanction largely disproportionate.

Republicans cannot afford one more defection, given the razor-thin majority they have in the House.

On February 2, the Republican general staff, which thought it had a sufficient number of votes to win this vote, but had been taken by surprise by the surprise arrival in the hemicycle of a Democratic elected official, Al Green, although in convalescence due to abdominal surgery.

The elected official from Arizona arrived in a wheelchair in the middle of the vote, barefoot and in hospital clothes, ultimately tipping the scales in favor of the Democrats.

If the Republicans succeed in their bet this time, the Senate, the upper house of Congress, will put the secretary on trial.

At the end of the debates, the 100 senators will vote on each article. A two-thirds majority is required to convict, in which case dismissal is automatic and without appeal.

Otherwise, Alejandro Mayorkas will be acquitted.

In any case, the US Senate is currently in the hands of the Democrats, which makes an impeachment of the secretary very unlikely.


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