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GOP’s Shameless Mayorkas Impeachment Crusade Shifts to Senate

GOP Sabotages Bipartisan Border Bill, Then Impeaches Mayorkas for Crisis They Refused to Solve.

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Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) and a group of House Republican impeachment managers sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday, informing him of their intention to transmit two articles of impeachment against Alejandro Mayorkas to the Senate on April 10. This move sets the stage for a potential trial in the upper chamber, where the fate of the embattled cabinet member will ultimately be decided.

The impeachment charges against Mayorkas, which were approved by the House Judiciary Committee on April 5, accuse him of “high crimes and misdemeanors” in his handling of the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. Republicans allege Mayorkas has failed to secure the border and enforce immigration laws, leading to a surge in illegal crossings and a breakdown in the nation’s immigration system. The House voted on Feb. 13 to impeach Mayorkas 214-213, after a previous vote failed 214-216. 

In a stunning display of hypocrisy, the same GOP lawmakers who have attacking Mayorkas actively sabotaged a bipartisan Senate deal that would provide significant resources to address the issue after Trump ordered them to kill it.

The impeachment charges against Mayorkas, led by Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.), accuse him of “high crimes and misdemeanors” and claim he has breached the public trust through his handling of the border. However, these allegations ring hollow when contrasted with the GOP’s own actions. When presented with a comprehensive border security package negotiated by Sens. James Lankford (R-Okla.), Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Mike Johnson immediately declared the bill “dead on arrival” without even allowing a vote.

This bipartisan Senate deal contains many provisions that Republicans have long sought. The bill includes $15 billion in new funding for the Border Patrol and federal deportation authorities, automatic border shutdowns if illegal crossings exceed certain thresholds, and the revival of several Trump-era asylum policies. Remarkably, Democrats agreed to these significant enforcement measures in exchange for funding to support key allies like Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan—priorities that many hawkish Republicans claim to support anyway.

So why would Republicans reject a bill that largely reflects their own border security wish list? The answer lies in their desire to preserve the border crisis as a political issue against Democrats heading into the 2024 elections. As Sen. Lankford himself acknowledged, “Obviously, a chaotic border is helpful to [Trump].” By sabotaging any meaningful attempts to address the issue, Republicans can continue to blame the Biden administration for the ongoing problems at the border, even though it’s now their fault that the issue hasn’t been addressed.

This cynical calculus is not lost on Democrats. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) called out the “glaring hypocrisy” of Republicans who claim to care about the border crisis but show “no interest in trying to solve” it. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) expressed disbelief at the GOP’s tactics, tweeting, “They literally demanded specific policy, got it, and then killed it.”

It’s worth noting that during the Trump administration, with Republicans in control of both houses of Congress, not a single comprehensive border security bill was passed. This fact underscores the reality that the GOP’s posturing on the issue is more about political theater than genuine concern for addressing the challenges at the border.

Moreover, the Republican decision to torpedo the Senate border deal raises troubling questions about their priorities and allegiances. By rejecting a package that would have provided critical aid to Ukraine and Israel, Republicans are effectively aligning themselves with the interests of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and Hamas. This is particularly concerning given the growing isolationist sentiment within the GOP and the increasing willingness of some members to parrot Putin’s talking points.

The impeachment of Secretary Mayorkas, coupled with the GOP’s refusal to engage in meaningful border security negotiations, exposes a party more interested in political gamesmanship than in solving real problems. As the nation grapples with the complex challenges of immigration and border management, Americans deserve leaders who are willing to put aside partisan differences and work together in good faith to find common ground.

Instead, what we are witnessing is a Republican Party that is sacrificing the opportunity to make tangible progress on border security in favor of preserving a potent political issue for the election. This shortsighted and cynical approach to governance is a disservice to the American people and shows that the MAGA wing of the Republican Party doesn’t actually care about addressing immigration and border security.

As the debate over immigration and border security continues, it is crucial that voters recognize the true motives behind the Republican Party’s actions. By impeaching Secretary Mayorkas while simultaneously killing a bipartisan border bill that would provide him with the tools and resources to address the crisis, Republicans have shown their hand. They are more interested in political theater and obstruction than addressing one of the nation’s most pressing challenges.