Cruz, Graham warn DHS chief he faces impeachment: report

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Cruz, Graham warn DHS chief he faces impeachment: report

Two top Republican senators put Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on notice that Congress has grounds to impeach him unless he acts to reverse his “gross dereliction of duty” at the southern border, according to a report on Thursday.​

Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Ted Cruz of Texas sent the DHS secretary a letter saying they have compiled data showing that since he took office 19 months ago, there have been more than 4.4 million illegal crossings, more than 3.5 million apprehensions by US border officials and at least​ 900,000 so-called “gotaways” — migrants who evaded arrest.

“This is gross dereliction of duty and, if not corrected swiftly, could provide grounds for impeachment,” ​Graham and Cruz wrote in the letter, obtained by Fox News Digital.

“Your failure to faithfully enforce this nation’s immigration laws and willful blindness to the very real humanitarian crisis at our southern border amounts to a gross dereliction of duty and a violation of your oath of office,” added the letter, sent Tuesday.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is being threatened with impeachment by Republican senators over the migrant crisis at the southern border.
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The two Republicans also said that “despite the heroic efforts” of officials with the US Border Patrol, the Biden administration has provided them with “little support” and “you have failed to achieve any semblance of operational control of the southern border​.” 

G​raham and Cruz blame the crisis on President Biden’s rollback of many of former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, including the “Remain in Mexico” program for asylum-seekers and ending contracts to build a border wall. ​

As a result, they said, the numbers of illegal immigrants under the Biden administration “stand in stark contract” to the levels when Trump was in office, noting a “930% increase” in encounters with “illegal aliens” from May 2020 to May 2022.

Texas. Sen. Ted Cruz
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz complained of conditions at the Mexican border and warned Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas there are grounds to impeach him for failing to stem the crisis.

Along with the illegal immigration crisis, the senators said Mayorkas’ lax leadership has allowed Mexican cartels working in cahoots with Chinese suppliers to smuggle drugs into the US, creating the “fentanyl-fueled opioid epidemic” that killed more than 100,000 Americans last year.

​”​This lucrative illicit enterprise continues to thrive​ — ​while Americans die​ — all because DHS has ceded control of our southern border to the cartels for political gain​,” the letter said.

The “chaos” along the border also presents a “prime opportunity for terrorists to enter the United States undetected,” Graham and Cruz went on, pointing out that the Border Patrol has nabbed at least 78 people in the federal Terrorist Screening Database in fiscal year 2022 — “more than twice as many apprehended in the past five fiscal years combined.”

“​Terrorists likely have noticed that our southern border is unsecured and are seeking to take advantage of it, if they haven’t already,” Graham and Cruz said.    

​”It is only a matter of time until we will see an attack on American soil from such terrorists,” they continued.​

The Republicans noted that members of Congress have sent letters to DHS to try to learn “why this crisis has gone on unaddressed” since the beginning of the Biden administration.

But they said public statement​s​ made by members of the administration, including Vice President Kamala Harris, show that the White House fails to “truly understand the scope of this crisis or even acknowledge its existence​” and have even gone as far as to proclaim that the “border is secure.”​

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham accused Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas of failing to control the southern border.
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Vice President Harris apparently shares this same delusion,” the letter said, referring to her insistence that the border was “secure” last month on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.” 

In anticipation that they will win back control of Congress in November’s midterm elections, Republicans in the House filed a resolution in August to impeach Mayorkas. ​​

The resolution, introduced by Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and co-sponsored by 31 of his fellow GOPers, said Mayorkas should be impeached for “high crimes and misdemeanors” over his handling of the border crisis. ​

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