Bid to impeach Biden border official fails in US House

Feb 7, 2024



Washington: America Home Representatives dealt a blow to Republican Speaker Mike Johnson when they voted against impeaching Democratic President Joe Biden's top border official on Tuesday.
Despite the failed impeachment, the partisan fight over immigration has escalated in an election year.
The House blocked a committee's impeachment charge against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro by a vote of 214-216. Mayorkas, Four Republicans stepped up their leadership and joined with Democrats in opposing charges against the Cabinet member.
The House was already investigating whether any of
Biden's past conduct before moving to the White House could amount to a high felony or misdemeanor. Even some Republicans have said they have not yet seen such evidence.
Democrats see the effort as retaliation for impeaching former President Donald Trump twice.
First, management committee It appears that the Republicans have committed murder
A bipartisan border security agreement. The measure was an effort to solve the border security problems Mayorkas wanted to prevent, including record numbers of illegal immigrants arriving at the southern border with Mexico.
Biden said at the White House: “All indications are that this bill will not even advance on the Senate floor. Why? Simple reason: Donald Trump. Because Donald Trump thinks it's bad for him politically.”
Republican senators have come out against the $118 billion measure, which includes new military aid to Ukraine and Israel, leading Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell to conclude the effort would fail.
Criticism began soon after the complex bill was unveiled, with some Republicans saying the bill failed to effectively deal with the massive flow of migrants to the border.
“I and most of our members feel as if we have no real chance at passing legislation here,” McConnell said at a news conference.
Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer vowed to pursue a plan for a procedural vote on the bill on Wednesday, knowing it was unlikely to succeed.
Polls show immigration has become a top concern for voters as Trump prepares for a possible rematch with Biden in November.
Johnson has said that if the Senate passes it, the bill would be “dead on arrival” in his chamber.
impeachment vote
The House Homeland Security Committee last week approved two articles of impeachment against Mayorkas, an unprecedented step taken against a member of a president's Cabinet over a policy dispute.
This had happened only once in American history, in 1876, when a Secretary of War was impeached on charges of criminal misconduct.
Representative Tom McClintock Said Mayorkas' investigation “failed to identify an impeachable offense” and Representative Ken Buck made a similar statement on Monday.
During the debate, McClintock said, “Secretary Mayorkas is guilty of mismanagement of our immigration laws on a cosmic scale.” However, he said the Constitution does not intend for impeachment to be used as a weapon in “political disputes.”
House Republicans allege Mayorkas deliberately laxed security along the long border with Mexico and violated the public trust by making false statements to Congress.
Nearly 2 million migrants were apprehended by the US Border Patrol at the US-Mexico border in fiscal year 2023.
Mayorkas has denied any wrongdoing and defended his tenure.
Calling the impeachment move a “sham,” Democratic Representative James McGovern said, “What you're doing today will not help anything at the border.”
Democrats and some legal experts have said the impeachment charges fall far short of evidence of “high crimes and misdemeanors” under the Constitution's impeachment requirement.



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