Representative Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, announced on Friday that he intends to file articles of indictment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, citing the administration’s handling of the border crisis South.
“Secretary Mayorkas is a threat to the sovereignty and security of our nation,” Biggs said in a statement. “Because of his actions and policies America is in more danger today than when he began to serve as secretary.”
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Biggs is not the first Republican to criticize the administration, and Mayorkas in particular, for the southern border crisis – which has seen a dramatic increase in encounters with migrants that has shown little sign of abating. However, introducing articles of impeachment would escalate this criticism.
Republican critics of the administration’s policies blamed the rollback of Trump-era policies such as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), the end of the border wall construction, the limited enforcement of health protections Public Title 42 and narrowing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) priorities to fuel the push.
The Biden administration, meanwhile, blamed “root causes” like poverty, violence and climate change in Central America and unveiled strategies to tackle those root causes. It has also focused on the treatment of migrants in the United States, although over the past week it has started sending deported migrants to Mexico and Central America.
So far, indicators suggest that the numbers at the border are increasing and not slowing down. On Thursday, Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that 834 unaccompanied children had reached the border in a single day, while the border town of McAllen, Texas, set up and expanded shelters to handle positive migrants in COVID released by customs and borders. Protection (CBP).
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Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported that more than 210,000 migrants were apprehended in July, according to preliminary data from CBP. However, many of them are removed under Title 42 public health protections that allow for swift deportation of migrants, which the Biden administration extended earlier this month.
In his statement, Biggs accused of “willfully refusing to maintain operational control of the border” and of encouraging migrants to enter the country illegally.
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“Under his leadership, DHS systematically releases COVID-19 positive aliens into our communities, subjecting the American people to unnecessary and preventable risk,” Biggs said.
“Secretary Mayorkas is not faithfully keeping his oath and is presiding over a reckless abandonment of border security and immigration enforcement to the detriment of the US Constitution and US security.”
Representative Chip Roy, R-Texas, also called for the impeachment of Mayorkas and Biden for the administration’s handling of the border surge.
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“In recent months, President Biden and Secretary Mayorkas have blatantly and consistently refused to do their constitutional duty to ensure that immigration laws are faithfully enforced, as required by Article II, thus endangering countless American and foreign lives. Roy told Fox News on Tuesday.
Michael Ruiz and Andrew Murray of Fox News contributed to this report.
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