High Home Republican McCarthy threatens impeachment of Homeland Safety chief By Reuters

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Home of Representatives Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) arrives as Home Republicans collect for management elections on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., November 15, 2022. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File Photograph

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By Gram Slattery and Ted Hesson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The highest Republican within the U.S. Home of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, on Tuesday known as on Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to step down, warning that the Home could attempt to impeach him when Republicans take the bulk subsequent yr.

McCarthy, who hopes to be elected as Home Speaker when the brand new Congress is sworn in in January, added that his colleagues will maintain congressional hearings on the U.S.-Mexico border after taking management of the chamber, in what he described as an effort to drive Democrats to see situations there first-hand.

Republicans have criticized President Joe Biden for report numbers of migrants caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border throughout his presidency, saying Biden’s extra lenient insurance policies have inspired extra crossers.

“Our nation could by no means get better from Secretary Mayorkas’ dereliction of obligation,” McCarthy informed reporters in El Paso, Texas, on Tuesday after talking with border officers. “This is the reason right this moment, I’m calling on the secretary to resign.”

“If Secretary Mayorkas doesn’t resign, Home Republicans will examine each order, each motion and each failure (to) decide whether or not we will start (an) impeachment inquiry,” he stated.

DHS spokesperson Marsha Espinosa rejected McCarthy’s name.

“Secretary Mayorkas is proud to advance the noble mission of this Division, help its extraordinary workforce, and serve the American individuals,” Espinosa stated. “He has no plans to resign.”

Since profitable a slender Home majority on this month’s midterm elections, Republicans have held a sequence of reports conferences to put out their priorities for the subsequent two years. Final week they warned that Biden, a Democrat, and his son, Hunter, may even be high targets.

Democrats will proceed to carry a majority within the Senate for the subsequent two years. Whereas the Home has the facility to launch impeachment inquiries, solely the Senate can convict an impeachment goal, and it’s unlikely that senators from Biden’s celebration would take part ousting a member of his administration from workplace.

Republicans on the Home Oversight and Authorities Reform Committee despatched Mayorkas a letter final week, notifying him that the panel expects to name for testimony from 11 staff of the Division of Homeland Safety together with Mayorkas himself.

As Biden’s high border official, Mayorkas, 62, has been a frequent goal of Republican lawmakers, together with some who’ve beforehand known as for his resignation and impeachment.

He grew to become the primary Latino and foreign-born Homeland Safety chief when he was confirmed to the position in February 2021. He beforehand served as deputy secretary of the division through the administration of former President Barack Obama.

Biden officers say elevated migration is a hemispheric phenomenon that stretches past the U.S.-Mexico border and that they’re making an attempt to create a extra orderly immigration system.

A U.S. federal choose dominated final week {that a} pandemic-era order blocking migrants on the border was illegal whereas delaying its termination till Dec. 21. Nonetheless, a gaggle of states with Republican attorneys normal moved late on Monday to intervene within the case and overturn the ruling.

Chris Magnus, former commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Safety, which is a part of the Division of Homeland Safety, resigned earlier this month after saying he was pressured by Mayorkas to resign or be fired.

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