By Jackson Richman
Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) said on April 18 he will introduce a resolution to have a vote of no confidence in Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
“Mr. Secretary, you are derelict in your duties. I would be derelict to not do something about this. And that’s why I have a draft resolution here that I intend to introduce in the coming days that would require the Senate to take a vote of no confidence on Secretary Mayorkas,” Marshall told Mayorkas during a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing.
“I stand at the ready to receive articles of impeachment from the House and conduct an impeachment trial in this body,” he continued. “But in the meantime, I think the Senate must show our colleagues in the House that we’ve had enough of the failures from the Department of Homeland Security and believe that the secretary is not fit to faithfully carry out the duties of his office.”
Mayorkas did not respond to Marshall’s words.
The resolution states that Mayorkas “does not have the confidence of the Senate or of the American people to faithfully carry out the duties of his office” and that he, “in violation of his constitutional oath, has engaged in a pattern of conduct that is incompatible with his constitutional and statutory duties as Secretary of Homeland Security” in numerous ways.
The resolution lists several examples.
One of them is “more than 5,500,000 illegal aliens crossing the United States southern border during Secretary Mayorkas’ term in office, including 20 consecutive months with more than 150,000 illegal border crossings and a 180 percent increase in encounters at the southern border compared to the previous administration.”
Another is that during his tenure, “the apprehension of 98 individuals listed on the Terrorist Screening Database at the southern border during fiscal year 2022, which is more such apprehensions than occurred during the previous 5 years combined, and the apprehension of 69 such individuals during the first 6 months of fiscal year 2023, which is a higher rate of apprehensions of such individuals than took place in fiscal year 2022.” Fiscal years start on Oct. 1 and end Sept. 30.
A third example is that under Mayorkas’ watch, “more fentanyl entered the United States in a recent 2-month period than the amount of fentanyl that entered the United States during all of fiscal year 2019, with more than 14,000 pounds of poisonous fentanyl seized at the southern border during fiscal year 2022, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths from fentanyl overdoses, which are now the leading cause of death for Americans between 18 and 45 years of age.”
The Epoch Times has reached out to the Department of Homeland Security for their response.
The department has repeatedly dismissed calls from Congress to impeach Mayorkas, saying that Congress should instead focus on fixing the immigration crisis.
“Secretary Mayorkas is proud to advance the noble mission of this Department, support its extraordinary workforce, and serve the American people,” a spokesperson said in a statement on April 18, in response to the resolution, according to Fox News, which first reported on the measure.
“ The Department will continue to enforce our laws and secure our border, protect the nation from terrorism, improve our cybersecurity, all while building a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system. Instead of pointing fingers and pursuing baseless attacks, Congress should work with the Department and pass legislation to fix our broken immigration system, which has not been updated in over 40 years,” the spokesperson added.