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House Republicans Impeach DHS Secretary Mayorkas in Historic Vote

House Republicans on Tuesday narrowly secured a historic vote to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, after a first failed effort. Mayorkas is the first Cabinet official to be impeached since the 1870s, almost 150 years ago. Only one Cabinet official has previously been impeached in American history: Secretary of War William Belknap in 1876.

The impeachment of Alejandro Mayorkas, the current United States Secretary of Homeland Security, has been a topic of discussion and debate in recent times. The process of impeaching a cabinet secretary or any federal official involves several steps and considerations. Here’s an overview of the impeachment process and the potential grounds for impeaching Mayorkas:

  1. Introduction of Articles of Impeachment: The impeachment process begins with the introduction of articles of impeachment in the House of Representatives. These articles outline the specific charges and allegations against the official, in this case, Secretary Mayorkas. The articles must be supported by evidence and demonstrate that the official has committed impeachable offenses.Mayorkas faced two articles of impeachment filed by the Homeland Security Committee arguing that he “willfully and systematically” refused to enforce existing immigration laws and that he breached the public trust by lying to Congress and saying the border was secure. “Alejandro Mayorkas deserves to be impeached, and Congress has a constitutional obligation to do so,” Speaker Mike Johnson said in a statement after the vote.
  2. House Debate and Vote: Once the articles of impeachment are introduced, the House of Representatives debates and votes on them. A simple majority vote is required for the articles to pass and proceed to the Senate for trial. This was the second attempt to impeach Mayorkas and the Resolution was passed by 1 vote.  
  3. Senate Trial: Once the articles of impeachment are passed by the House, the Senate holds a trial to determine whether the official should be convicted and removed from office. The trial is presided over by the Chief Justice of the United States, and each senator acts as a juror. A two-thirds majority vote of the Senate is required for conviction and removal from office.
  4. Potential Grounds for Impeachment: The grounds for impeaching a federal official are outlined in Article II, Section 4 of the United States Constitution. These include “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” The interpretation of these terms and whether they apply to specific actions or decisions by an official is a matter of debate and legal analysis.
  5. Current Situation and Challenges: The impeachment of Secretary Mayorkas has been discussed and debated in the context of his handling of the immigration and border security issues facing the United States. Some have argued that his policies and decisions have violated the law or are detrimental to the nation’s security and interests. However, the decision to impeach is highly political, and the outcome is uncertain.

It’s important to note that impeaching a cabinet secretary or any federal official is a serious matter, and the process is designed to ensure accountability and uphold the Constitution. The decision to impeach is not to be taken lightly and requires substantial evidence and support.


EAGLE PASS, TEXAS – JANUARY 08: U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas holds a press conference at a U.S. Border Patrol station on January 08, 2024 in Eagle Pass, Texas. Mayorkas visited Texas border areas where large numbers of migrants had been crossing over the Rio Grande from Mexico just weeks before. The number has recently dropped dramatically, according to Mayorkas since the Mexican government ramped up enforcement actions, slowing many migrants from reaching the U.S. southern border. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)