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Chairman Green, House GOP Leadership Deliver Remarks on Mayorkas Impeachment

February 14, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Mark E. Green, MD (R-TN) joined House Republican leadership to highlight the House of Representatives’ historic vote to impeach Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for high crimes and misdemeanors, specifically his willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law and breach of the public trust. In addition to the Chairman’s remarks, House Republican leadership applauded the Committee for its nearly year-long, five-phase investigation into the causes, costs, and consequences of the worst border crisis in American history. Leadership also communicated the necessity of impeachment in response to Secretary Mayorkas’ lawlessness.  
Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-LA) said Secretary Mayorkas “has abdicated his responsibility; he has breached the public trust, and he has disregarded the laws that Congress has passed…This is a fundamental responsibility of the federal government to secure the border. If you don’t have a secure border, you don’t have safety, you don’t have security, and you don’t have sovereignty.”
House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) said the Committee, under Chairman Green’s leadership, “did a methodical job of pointing out, over months and months of building this case, that this secretary has failed to do his job. He’s let down the American people, and the American people want a secure border.”
House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-MN) said, “Secretary Mayorkas has openly lied to Congress, repeatedly, and has breached the public trust. His malfeasance and active neglect have fueled the worst border crisis in our history and left innocent Americans to pay the price…Impeachment is the necessary response.”
House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) said that after the “nearly year-long investigation, led by the House Homeland Security Committee under the leadership of Chairman Mark Green, we executed our constitutional duty: impeaching Secretary Mayorkas for violating his oath to support and defend the Constitution, subverting the rule of law, and breaching the American public’s trust.”

Watch Chairman Green’s remarks here and read them below.

“Last night, the House of Representatives voted to impeach DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for high crimes and misdemeanors, specifically for his willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law and his breach of public trust. This action—the culmination of nearly a year’s worth of investigations and hearings—was necessary to deal with a rogue DHS secretary whose lawless actions have caused and perpetuated the worst border crisis in American history. 
“Secretary Mayorkas has shown throughout his tenure that he will defy, ignore, and replace the laws enacted by Congress. His actions have not only shown a disdain for the Constitution, but for Congress, the law, and the American people. 
“The constitutional case against Secretary Mayorkas is sound. The historical record is unambiguous—the Framers were unified in their belief that executive branch officials must defend the Constitution, respect the separation of powers, and enforce the law—and if they fail to do so, they should no longer hold office. 
“If we’re all being honest, we all intuitively understand this. When executive branch officials reject and unilaterally replace the laws passed by Congress, we must act. And last night, we did. 
“Thank you, Speaker Johnson, for your leadership throughout this effort. I want to thank the Republican members of the Homeland Security Committee for all their hard work, and for everyone who has worked to hold this secretary accountable. It’s now time for the Senate to step up, hold a trial, and convict Secretary Mayorkas.”