The Republican-led House Rules Committee voted 8-4 Monday to send impeachment proceedings against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to the full House for a vote.
A vote on the articles of impeachment in the House — which Republicans hold by a slim margin — could happen as early as Tuesday.
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The resolution asserts that Mayorkas “willfully and systematically refused to comply with federal immigration laws” by repeatedly violating laws passed by Congress regarding immigration and border security during his term.
If the vote passes, Mayorkas would be the first Cabinet member to be impeached in nearly 150 years.
The articles of impeachment accuse Mayorkas of “refusing to comply with federal immigration laws” amid a record influx of migrants at the southern border and of “betraying the public trust” by claiming to Congress that the border between the United States and Mexico is secure.
The Secretary of State and his supporters have repeatedly said that what is happening is part of a global phenomenon of migration of people in search of a better way of life and that the US immigration system needs more resources and legislation to meet the challenge.
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The secretary of state called the Republican accusations against him “politically motivated and completely baseless,” pointing to constitutional law scholars who have made similar assessments. He said that if there were to be a trial in the Senate, which usually follows an impeachment vote, he was prepared to defend himself.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.