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House Republicans have fired their first shot at the Biden administration, filing impeachment charges against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Republican Rep. Pat Fallon of Texas had promised last week to file articles of impeachment and did so on Monday, according to Fox News.
The impeachment process has two steps. First, the House must decide whether an official should be charged. Then, a trial is conducted in the Senate on those charges. Given that the House has a GOP majority and the Senate has a Democratic majority, conviction on the charges would require Senate Democrats to join forces with House Republicans.
Fallon said the step needed to be taken.
“Since day one, Secretary Mayorkas’ policies have undermined law enforcement activities at our southern border. From perjuring himself before Congress about maintaining operational control of the border to the infamous ‘whip-gate’ slander against our border patrol agents, Secretary Mayorkas has proven time and time again that he is unfit to lead the Department of Homeland Security,” Fallon said in a statement.
“His willful actions have eroded our immigration system, undermined border patrol morale, and jeopardized American national security. He has violated the law, and it is time for him to go,” Fallon said.
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