Arizona Representative Andy Biggs is attempting to impeach Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas again. He argues that Mayorkas has failed in his duties at the southern border, as the country continues to see record-high numbers of illegal immigrants attempting to cross the southern border.
The Washington Examiner reports more than a dozen Republicans surrounded Biggs as he announced the filing of the articles of impeachment outside the U.S. Capitol. He stated that his choice to file the articles was not a rash decision but a response to the destruction of the integrity of the United States by the criminal drug cartels of Mexico. Two weeks prior, Representative Pat Fallon of Texas also introduced articles of impeachment against Mayorkas. Biggs also unsuccessfully introduced articles of impeachment against Mayorkas in December 2022.
Biggs believes Mayorkas has deliberately undermined the immigration system by rescinding several Trump-era border measures. Since President Biden took office in 2021, his administration has ended the construction of the border wall, sued to end the policy that required asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico, limited the arrests that immigration officers could make within the country, and stopped the expulsion of the majority of illegal immigrants.
The recent announcement coincided with a hearing by the House Judiciary Committee on the border crisis, marking the GOP majority’s first significant oversight move. The Judiciary Committee is the final committee that must approve the articles before they can be presented on the House floor.