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Just In: After a Second Vote, The House Has Impeached DHS Sec. Mayorkas by a Razor-Thin Margin

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Just In: After a Second Vote, The House Has Impeached DHS Sec. Mayorkas by a Razor-Thin Margin

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 By Randy DeSoto  February 13, 2024 at 7:37pm

The House voted Tuesday night to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

The final tally was 214-213.

????BREAKING: The House has Voted to IMPEACH DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on two articles: “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” and “breach of public trust” pic.twitter.com/RysuQYf3i6

— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) February 14, 2024

House Speaker Mike Johnson released a statement after the vote.

“[F]rom his first day in office, Secretary Mayorkas has willfully and consistently refused to comply with federal immigration laws, fueling the worst border catastrophe in American history,” Johnson said.

“He has undermined public trust through multiple false statements to Congress, obstructed lawful oversight of the Department of Homeland Security, and violated his oath of office,” he added.

My statement on the House voting to impeach Secretary Mayorkas: pic.twitter.com/CwNdm4XQkU

— Speaker Mike Johnson (@SpeakerJohnson) February 14, 2024

Alejandro Mayorkas deserves to be impeached, and Congress has a constitutional obligation to do so. … Since this Secretary refuses to do the job that the Senate confirmed him to do, the House must act,” Johnson concluded.

Should Mayorkas be impeached?

President Joe Biden responded to the news, saying it was a “blatant act of unconstitutional partisanship that has targeted an honorable public servant in order to play petty political games,” according to the Associated Press.

“Mayorkas is the first cabinet member to be impeached since William Belknap, Secretary of War under President Ulysses S. Grant, in 1876,” NPR noted.

The Senate, which is controlled by the Democrats, will receive the articles of impeachment after returning to session on Feb. 26, but they are unlikely to convict, the AP reported.

The Constitution requires a two-thirds vote of the members to convict and remove an official from office.

Last week, the House failed to garner the votes needed to impeach Mayorkas.

The earlier vote was 214 for impeachment and 216 against.

Republican Reps. Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin, Tom McClintock of California and Ken Buck of Colorado joined with Democrats in that vote and in Tuesday night’s, as well.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called the vote “a new low for House Republicans,” NPR reported.

“This sham impeachment effort is another embarrassment for House Republicans,” he added. “The one and only reason for this impeachment is for Speaker Johnson to further appease Donald Trump.”


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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book “We Hold These Truths” and screenwriter of the political documentary “I Want Your Money.”

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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American

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Graduated dean’s list from West Point

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United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law

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We Hold These Truths

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Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars

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Phoenix, Arizona

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