Top Republican calls for Mayorkas impeachment

Top Republican calls for Mayorkas impeachment

A top Republican lawmaker called for the impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas just hours after the White House lifted Title 42 and unleashed migrant chaos.

The Trump-era pandemic immigration restriction which allowed border and immigration authorities to swiftly turn back migrants who arrived at the southern border, was allowed to expire this week.

House GOP Whip Rep. Tom Emmer.
House GOP Whip Rep. Tom Emmer says Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas should be impeached.
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“He should be impeached,” said Rep. Tom Emmer, the House GOP Whip, and third-ranking Republican in the chamber, told Breitbart Friday.

What is Title 42 and what does its end mean for US border immigration?

What is Title 42?

Title 42 is a federal health measure enforced by the US Border Patrol. It allows the agency to kick certain migrants out of the US and return them to Mexico. This includes asylum seekers, who under international law have the legal right to make an asylum claim in America.

Currently, migrants who cross the border illegally and who are from Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua or Venezuela are subject to Title 42 and could be sent to Mexico.

How did Title 42 start?

President Donald Trump invoked the law in 2020 at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, asking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue the policy. The Trump administration made the case that keeping migrants out of the country would slow down the spread of infections and maintain the safety of federal agents encountering migrants.

What has happened with Title 42 under Biden?

When President Biden took over, he continued to enforce Title 42 with one important change from his predecessor. Biden said Border Patrol agents were only allowed to expel migrants from certain countries under his direction. That meant migrants seeking asylum from countries like Cuba and Venezuela could still seek asylum if they arrived at the border and stay in the US while their cases were decided in court — unless they had a criminal record.

What is happening with Title 42 now?

Title 42 is supposed to be a health policy, not an immigration law. It will end at 11:59 p.m. May 11, when the Biden administration ends all COVID-19-related policies.

Why is it controversial?

Many have called for the policy’s end, saying it’s illegal and that international law guarantees people the right to seek asylum.

Others, like Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, warn that the southern border could see up to 13,000 migrants per day crossing with the intention to stay in the country when the measure ends.

What would the end of Title 42 mean for immigration into the US?

It’s unclear exactly how many people have been expelled under Title 42 because there have been scores of people who have attempted to enter the country numerous times and been rejected again and again, but the US Border Patrol said it made an all-time high of more than 2.3 million arrests at the border in the last fiscal year. Forty percent of people who were expelled from the country were ejected under the rules of Title 42.


“They talk about being humane. Children are disappearing. People are getting killed … You’ve got 80 people that have come across the southern border that are on the terrorist watch list.”

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has been under fire from Republicans for years.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has been under fire from Republicans for years.

Emmer said the issue lay squarely at Mayorkas’ feet.

“This, to me, is the greatest malfeasance, and malfeasance is — it’s not a failure to act — it’s an intentional failure to act,” Emmer continued. “I think we should be talking seriously about that regardless of what this feckless Senate might want to do.”

Emmer is far from the first member of the House GOP conference to call for Mayorkas’ ouster.

In August 2021, Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs introduced a bill to impeach the secretary which secured 32 Republican co-sponsors.

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