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“The largest body of conservative House members -the Republican Study Committee, which represents more than 150 members- is laying the groundwork to push for the impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas,” as reported by Axios.
The information was published after top Republicans in the House of Representatives questioned, in a letter on Monday, the job Alejandro Mayorkas has done as U.S Homeland Security Secretary. They asserted that his actions have put Americans at risk.
“Your failure to secure the border and enforce the laws passed by Congress raises grave questions about your suitability for office,” said the letter sent to Mayorkas.
The pressure against Mayorkas comes amid a growing border crisis that has accelerated after President Joe Biden announced the end of the immigration policy known as Title 42. In fact, the White House said it was prepared for an increase in immigration flow following the president’s decision.
Alejandro Mayorkas and Title 42
The move to lift Title 42 was endorsed by Mayorkas. In a statement, the Homeland Security Secretary indicated that the title is not an immigration regulation, but a public health one, which has been employed by the CDC “to protect against the spread of a contagious disease.”
Republican efforts have not only been limited to warning about the consequences of ending Title 42, nor have they only focused on Mayorkas’ administration. At the beginning of the month, several Republican states sued the Biden administration to prevent the lifting of the immigration policy.
Following the complaint, U.S. District Judge Robert R. Summerhays of Louisiana prevented Biden from lifting Title 42 for now. “Our office just obtained a temporary restraining order to keep Title 42 in place,” Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced on Monday explaining that the decision is in response to the lawsuit originally filed by Missouri, Louisiana, and Arizona.