On Monday, a bipartisan group of eight Republicans joined Democrats in blocking the advancement of articles of impeachment against Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. The resolution, introduced by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, was referred back to the House Homeland Security Committee, effectively halting the impeachment effort. The final vote count was 209-201, with eight Republicans aligning with Democrats to prevent a floor vote and redirect the resolution for consideration in committee.
The eight Republicans who voted with Democrats included Reps. Ken Buck, Darrell Issa, Tom McClintock, Patrick McHenry, John Duarte, Virginia Foxx, Cliff Bentz, and Mike Turner. As of the current information, the rationale behind their votes remains undisclosed. Notably, several of these Republicans are considered to be more moderate members of the House. Additionally, 24 members, comprising 12 Democrats and 12 Republicans, did not cast votes on the measure.
The resolution’s referral to the House Homeland Security Committee marks a pause in the impeachment proceedings, adding another layer of complexity to the issue. The eight Republicans’ decision to break ranks with their party on this matter raises questions about the potential challenges in achieving party unity on key issues.
Alejandro Mayorkas, the Secretary of Homeland Security, has faced criticism during his tenure, particularly in light of record-setting illegal border crossings. Detractors argue that the Biden administration’s response has further incentivized individuals to embark on dangerous journeys, with many ultimately being released into the interior of the country. The delays in court proceedings have contributed to low appearance rates, fueling concerns about border security policies.
The outcome of this vote brings into question the likelihood of broader support for the impeachment of Secretary Mayorkas and may impact the future prospects of such endeavors within the Republican Party. The development also underscores divisions within the GOP and highlights challenges in achieving consensus on key issues.
Under DHS Mayorkas, 8 MILLION illegals have imploded through our border, and taxpayers are spending $451 Billion a year supporting these illegal criminals.
Yet, 8 worthless Republicans claim he didn’t violate his oath!
Career ending votes! pic.twitter.com/jIgelcMEiL
— 🇺🇸ProudArmyBrat (@leslibless) November 14, 2023