House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), in line to replace Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) after Republicans won a majority in the chamber during the midterms, is already putting some Biden administration officials on notice.
On Tuesday, McCarthy said his party planned immediate oversight hearings into the chaotic situation along the U.S.-Mexico border, with an eye towards impeaching Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who has seen record illegal immigration and drug smuggling during his tenure.
McCarthy made his remarks during a press conference after he led a GOP contingent to visit the southwestern border near El Paso, Texas, this week.
“[Mayorkas’s] actions have produced the greatest wave of illegal immigration in recorded history. Our country may never recover from Secretary Mayorkas’ dereliction of duty,” McCarthy said. “This is why, today, I am calling on the secretary to resign. He cannot and must not remain in that position.
“If Secretary Mayorkas does not resign, House Republicans will investigate every order, every action, and every failure will determine whether we can begin impeachment inquiry,” he continued. “If secretary Mayorkas was in charge of any company, he would have been fired by now for the failures of what he has caused.”
Interestingly, Mayorkas and other immigration and border officials are simply carrying out President Biden’s orders; on his first day in office, he signed a stack of executive orders that included reversals of most of former President Donald Trump’s effective immigration and border security policies.
Nevertheless, now the Biden regime is looking for scapegoats, as reported by the Daily Wire:
President Joe Biden’s administration forced out U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Chris Magnus earlier this month over the unprecedented crisis at the southern border. Illegal immigration across the U.S. southern border has set multiple records since Biden took office nearly two years ago.
Immigration authorities have recorded record-shattering numbers of migrant encounters along the U.S. southern border the past two years. In fiscal year 2021, the Department of Homeland Security recorded about 1.7 million migrant encounters. In fiscal year 2022, that number increased to 2.3 million encounters. Those numbers do not include hundreds of thousands of “gotaways,” migrants who were observed crossing, but could not be apprehended, who entered the U.S. since Biden took office.
Besides dramatic upticks in illegal immigration and the smuggling of deadly fentanyl, which has killed tens of thousands of Americans, border officials have also seen an increase in the number of known or suspected terrorists entering the U.S. In fiscal year 2022, which ended Sept. 30, border authorities arrested 98 people who were on the FBI’s terrorist watch list as they attempted to enter the country via the porous southwestern border. Just two years ago in fiscal 2019, the number was zero.
“Communities along the border have also faced a constant humanitarian crisis as shelters, cities, and federal authorities attempt to process and house the flood of people entering the U.S.,” the Daily Wire added.
“A recent court order forcing the Biden administration to scrap Title 42 in roughly a month has raised concerns that the humanitarian crisis may worsen. Title 42 allows CBP agents to expel migrants back to Mexico without processing over COVID concerns.”