McCarthy Begins To Build Case For Mayorkas Impeachment


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Via:  vic-eldred  •  one month ago  •  25 comments

By:   JusticeTristan (The Federalist)

McCarthy Begins To Build Case For Mayorkas Impeachment
Kevin McCarthy began to build the case for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas's impeachment Thursday.

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TUCSON, Ariz. — Kevin McCarthy began to build the case for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas' impeachment this week with the California lawmaker's first trip to the border as House speaker.

Talking to reporters, with the southeast Arizona border wall serving as his backdrop, McCarthy outlined the myriad crises plaguing the nation due to unchecked migration and charged the DHS secretary with lying to the public.

"Our border, we don't even have operational control of it anymore," McCarthy said. "This is why I will continue to investigate what has gone wrong here and we will hold people accountable. And that includes Secretary Mayorkas."

In an exclusive interview with The Federalist after the press conference, McCarthy offered no timeline for a potential impeachment inquiry and maintained that the process depends on what lawmakers find over the coming weeks.

"You never do impeachment for political purposes," McCarthy said. "If something rises to that level," he explained, "we will follow it wherever it goes."

McCarthy led the congressional delegation with four GOP freshman, kicking off what will be a top priority for the new Republican majority under the second half of President Joe Biden's term. Every House committee is expected to visit the southwest border in the ensuing months. Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., already introduced an article of impeachment against the DHS chief on Feb. 1.

In November, McCarthy demanded that Mayorkas resign over the border crisis or face impeachment in the lower chamber once Republicans took over. Mayorkas has remained defiant while the cartels run rampant. A coalition of 21 attorneys general sent a letter to the Biden administration last week demanding that Mexican drug cartels be designated as terrorist organizations.

Days before the speaker's border trip this week, DHS staffed up to face House impeachment proceedings, entering a multimillion-dollar contract with a liberal law firm that has a history of left-wing donations.

"You cannot tell us this is secure when more than 42 percent of gottaways come through here," McCarthy said on Thursday. "You cannot tell us this border's secure when now there is enough fentanyl in this country to kill every single American more than 20 times over."

"This has got to stop," the speaker added. "And it starts with the secretary of Homeland. Stop lying to the American public. Tell them the truth [about] what's happening and change back the regulation that we had before so our border can be secure."

The White House hit McCarthy's border trip as a partisan publicity stunt with a Wednesday statement. "Solutions are what President Biden is focused on, and his is plan working," said Ian Sams, a White House spokesman. "House Republicans would be wise to join him to work together to strengthen our immigration system and fund border security."

Biden's first border visit was a sanitized tour in January, with officials clearing the camps in El Paso before the president's arrival. Biden proceeded to call on Congress to pass immigration reform at his annual State of the Union last week and claimed his border measures were working.

"We've launched a new border plan last month. Unlawful migration from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela has come down 97 percent as a consequence of that," Biden said. "But American border problems won't be fixed until Congress acts."

Contrary to his claims the border is secure, data from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shows otherwise.

Law enforcement reported more than 156,000 migrant encounters in January. While lower than the record of nearly 252,000 encounters in December, 156,000 is still higher than the almost 155,000 in January last year and the 78,000 the same month in 2021 — and way higher than the less than 37,000 in FY 2020. In fact, it's an all-time high for the coldest month of the year. Even bundled-up reporters shivered under cloudless skies in the high desert winds when lawmakers ran late on Thursday.

A Deadly Crisis

While the Biden administration tries to argue there's nothing to see on the southern border, Alex Espinosa, the director of a funeral home 15 miles east of McCarthy's press conference, says otherwise.

"During Trump's administration, I picked up four border crossers," Espinosa told The Federalist in his conference room overlooking the border wall. "Right now, I can't even tell you how many. There's more deaths. Way more deaths."

Most, Espinosa said, die from exposure to the elements or fentanyl. He explained the numbers picked up "right after Biden won."

"Never, never, never, ever have I seen it this bad," Espinosa told The Federalist. "I've probably buried 40 kids."

A reformed ex-convict himself, Espinosa, 61, served time behind bars for drug smuggling 30 years ago. He now hands out free Narcan, a medication known to save lives in the case of opioid overdose, at services, saying it has become a hot commodity. The local health department replenished his stockpile after it ran out during a single funeral for a recent 23-year-old who overdosed. His own son has also struggled with opioid addiction.

In Naco, a town on the border five miles south of Espinosa's funeral home, locals were shy about the crisis. A ranch hand working in a field with a pair of day laborers from across the border offered only his first name, Greg, and said he often sees helicopter activity but described the overall area as tame. Another pair of women operating a local nonprofit in the community denied the area even faced issues.

Espinosa, however, who conducts the funerals for the border crisis victims, said locals often feel too intimidated to speak openly about the dangers their neighborhoods face. Despite his Mexican heritage, Espinosa has been tarred as a racist, and his truck was burned after he challenged the mayor of Douglas over the leader's plans to declare the border town a sanctuary city.

"They need to finish the wall," Espinosa said frankly, warning that until then, the area would not be safe to walk around at night.

McCarthy told The Federalist on Thursday at the conclusion of his congressional tour that DHS needs to complete the wall with modern technology as originally planned.

"You gotta finish this," McCarthy said, pointing at the wall. "Finish the technology you haven't hooked up — the lights, the sensors. There's places in the wall that's not done yet."

Tristan Justice is the western correspondent for The Federalist and the author of Social Justice Redux, a conservative newsletter on culture, health, and wellness. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan graduated from George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism.


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Vic Eldred
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1  seeder  Vic Eldred    one month ago

The hearings on the border crisis will take place on the border.

DHS is all lawyered up with dirty leftist lawyers.

Professor Participates
1.1  bugsy  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    one month ago
dirty leftist lawyers.

Are there any other kind?

PhD Silent
2  SteevieGee    one month ago

If he really wants to stop illegal immigration he should author legislation to make E-verify mandatory nationwide with stiff penalties for employers who hire illegally.  As long as there are jobs waiting for them they will keep coming.

Vic Eldred
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2.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  SteevieGee @2    one month ago

You say it can't be stopped?

I say Biden invited and let them in.

PhD Silent
2.1.1  SteevieGee  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1    one month ago
You say it can't be stopped?

I say it can be stopped, or at least reduced dramatically using the E-verify system along with strong enforcement of employers dodging E-verify.  Getting rid of Mayorkas isn't going to do it.

Vic Eldred
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2.1.2  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  SteevieGee @2.1.1    one month ago
Getting rid of Mayorkas isn't going to do it.

That's not why we need to impeach Mayorkas. He and the president have refused to fulfill their duties under the Constitution.

PhD Silent
2.1.3  SteevieGee  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1.2    one month ago

It's just a question of what you want to accomplish.  If your goal is to reduce illegal immigration you can use E-verify.  If your goal is to punish your political rivals you choose to try impeachment.  I'd thought that the goal here was the former but I could be wrong.

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2.1.4  arkpdx  replied to  SteevieGee @2.1.1    one month ago
I say it can be stopped, or at least reduced dramatically 

Illegally immigration was dramatically lower And decreasing before Biden came into office. Shoot! The illegals are even thanking Biden 

PhD Silent
2.1.5  SteevieGee  replied to  arkpdx @2.1.4    one month ago

So...  How does that solve the problem?  You have a better way?  E-verify has been around for many years now but only a few states have been able to actually require it.  The current crisis at the border could actually provide enough political cover to allow legislators to get it enacted but it's not on the table.  They'd rather use it for political hay.

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2.1.6  arkpdx  replied to  SteevieGee @2.1.5    one month ago

Oh I don't know. Maybe because Trump's policies were working and and illegal immigration was going down. Maybe finishing the border wall that was started the numbers crossing the borders illegally would be less and easier to catch. Maybe finding and deporting those that either had their day in court 0and were told to leave or those that skipped their court dates all together was working

And maybe just maybe Biden coming out and announcing that the immigration laws would not be strictly enforced abd basically invited illegals into the country was open and welcoming to illegal immigration and cities like New York and D.C. and others declaring that illegals were welcome into their borders  ( they were until they actually got their. Many of these illegals would not have even come to the border. 

Another thing I would do it tell Mexico to do something about the grug cartels or we would do something about them. 

Vic Eldred
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2.1.7  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  SteevieGee @2.1.3    one month ago

Mayorkas is the architect of a policy that allowed 6 million to enter the US. A policy that erased the southern border. His impeachment will place the needed stain on the Biden presidency. Something to get Biden's attention.

Right Down the Center
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2.1.8  Right Down the Center  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1.7    one month ago
Something to get Biden's attention.

Unless Mayorkas covers himself in ice cream on his way out the door I don't think Biden will notice.

PhD Silent
2.1.9  SteevieGee  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1.7    one month ago

Well, I guess that's the plan in the House.  It's their job to investigate these things.  I'm just saying that the current crisis at the border will make it much easier to mandate E-verify nationwide right now if they wanted to actually solve the problem but they are, once again, going to cave to big ag. 

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2.1.10  Jasper2529  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1.7    one month ago
Mayorkas is the architect of a policy that allowed 6 million to enter the US.

And that doesn't include tens of thousands of "got-aways". PLUS ... over 100,000 dead Americans (including children) who were poisoned by Fentanyl. Hellova legacy Biden and Mayorkas are creating.

Vic Eldred
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2.1.11  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Jasper2529 @2.1.10    one month ago

An impeachment for him would be justified.

Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.1.12  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Right Down the Center @2.1.8    one month ago

You may be right. He didn't notice an ecological disaster in Ohio, how would he notice his point man on the border being impeached.

Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.1.13  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  SteevieGee @2.1.9    one month ago

We could do a lot of things to stop it, but this president does not want it stopped.

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3  Jasper2529    one month ago
The White House hit McCarthy's border trip as a partisan publicity stunt with a Wednesday statement.

How typical. But, if Democrats believe that McCarthy's trip was "a partisan publicity stunt", why did Hakeem Jeffries go to the border two days later on Friday and then urge his fellow Democrats to do the same?

Sean Treacy
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4  Sean Treacy    one month ago

Biden should be impeached as well as Mayorkas.  

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4.1  arkpdx  replied to  Sean Treacy @4    one month ago

I will second that! 

All in favor say AYE?

dennis smith
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4.1.1  dennis smith  replied to  arkpdx @4.1    one month ago


Sean Treacy
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5  Sean Treacy    one month ago

People don't get how much Biden's refusal to control our border costs us:

Mark Krikorian of the invaluable Center for Immigration Studies explains in the New York Post  that the lifetime cost to American taxpayers of each illegal alien is about $80,000. By conservative estimates, the 3 million or so illegal aliens Biden has lawlessly paroled into the country (out of the additional millions who have been enticed by his non-enforcement policies to seek entry, exhausting security resources) will cost about $200 billion. Even if the siege stopped today, that would not be sustainable. And it is most definitely not stopping today; if anything, it will only get worse once Title 42 ends in the coming weeks. The resulting surge could multiply the influx by a factor of two or three. How much more do you suppose a country $31 trillion in debt (and on a trajectory to reach $51 trillion in debt over the next decade) can handle?

Professor Principal
5.1  Texan1211  replied to  Sean Treacy @5    one month ago

Too many on the left think they just have to tax the rich more to pay for those who can't or won't support themselves.

PhD Guide
6  Snuffy    one month ago

They don't seem to be able to help themselves from stepping on the old crank... 

The House Oversight Committee  is investigating a "no-bid" Department of Homeland Security contract of up to $3 million awarded to a private law firm to aid Homeland Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas with potential impeachment proceedings — with Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer warning that such contracts put taxpayer money at "severe risk of waste and abuse."

"The Biden Administration’s self-inflicted border crisis has cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars and the American people are demanding accountability. Not only have the Biden Administration’s policies exacerbated the border crisis, but it also appears the Administration is exploiting the situation to reward its political allies and cover up Secretary Mayorkas’ disastrous decisions," Rep. Comer, R-Ky., said in a statement to Fox News Digital.

Comer has written to Mayorkas calling for information about a potential $1.5 million contract with Debevoise & Plimpton on Jan. 26 that will disburse cash based on their work. Government records show that the award runs until early January 2025 and could reach up to $3 million.

In the letter, Comer says that the contract is a no-bid, sole source contract, meaning it was awarded directly rather than through a competitive bidding process. Such an award is allowed only if due to an "unusual or compelling urgency."

"DHS justified its decision not to use fair and open competition in procuring legal services by citing ‘unusual and compelling urgency,’" Comer wrote. "We are concerned the alleged "unusual and compelling urgency" justification is to avoid congressional scrutiny and oversight."

Thrawn 31
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7  Thrawn 31    one month ago

Lol, building a case… yeah okay. This is Kevin McCarthy we are talking about, an absolutely toothless speaker “leading” a majority that is so fractured and beholden to extremist retards that they very likely will not have a single piece of legislation actually become law. This is the guy who promised nothing but a revenge tour for the house, excuse me if I am extremely skeptical that he comes up with anything beyond baseless conspiracy theories or hyperbole.


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