Chairman Green: Secretary Mayorkas’ Last-Minute Response to Committee “Inadequate and Unbecoming of a Cabinet Secretary”
January 30, 2024
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Mark E. Green, MD (R-TN) issued the following statement after receiving a letter from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas ahead of Tuesday’s markup of articles of impeachment against the secretary:
“Secretary Mayorkas’ 11th-hour response to the Committee is inadequate and unbecoming of a Cabinet secretary. Our investigation has established that Secretary Mayorkas has willfully and systemically refused to comply with the laws of the United States and breached the public trust. The Committee would have preferred he accept our multiple invitations extended to him since last August to appear before us in person. A letter at 4:48am on the morning of our markup, repeating the same false claims and doubling down on his commitment to his continued lawless conduct, indicates the contempt with which he views Congress, the American people, and the Constitution he swore an oath to defend.”
BACKGROUND: In the roughly six-page letter from Secretary Mayorkas, he spends roughly one-third of those pages sharing personal, biographical information, referencing awards received more than 30 years ago. These obviously fail to offer a defense of his willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law or his breach of the public’s trust as secretary. His letter comes after repeated attempts by the Committee to secure the secretary’s in-person testimony since last August. More on that can be read here.