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Long-Awaited Articles of Impeachment against DHS Secretary Mayorkas Finally Arrive in Senate

Virginia Allen : Apr 17, 2024  The Daily Signal

"Under the Constitution, the responsibility of the Senate is simple and straightforward: The Senate must hold a trial. Chuck Schumer doesn't want to do that. Instead, he wants to move to table the entire thing..." -Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas

[] The House delivered the two articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to the Senate on Tuesday afternoon. (Screengrab image: via PBS)

The articles are expected to be acted on quickly by the Democrat-controlled Senate, but not in the manner House GOP lawmakers are seeking.

"We want to address this issue as expeditiously as possible," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, said during a floor speech Monday discussing the articles of impeachment.

Republicans who backed the impeachment of Mayorkas are concerned that Schumer will hold a vote to dismiss the articles of impeachment altogether. Dismissal only requires a simple majority, which is not out of the question, given Democrats' control of the upper chamber.  

Schumer also has the option to refer the articles to committee, where they would likely die, or to hold a full Senate trial, which Schumer is not expected to do, given his own vocal opposition to Mayorkas' impeachment.

"Impeachment should never be used to settle a policy disagreement," Schumer said, adding, "That would set a horrible precedent for the Congress."

House and Senate Republicans supporting impeachment have maintained a pressure campaign on Schumer to force a Senate trial.

"Under the Constitution, the responsibility of the Senate is simple and straightforward: The Senate must hold a trial," said Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX.  

"Chuck Schumer doesn't want to do that," Cruz added. "Instead, he wants to move to table the entire thing for three reasons. First, he does not want to allow the House managers to present evidence of Mayorkas' willful decision to aid and abet the criminal invasion of this country. Second, he does not want the American people to see the facts. Third, he does not want Senate Democrats on the ballot in November to have to vote 'not guilty' because the evidence is indisputable—Alejandro Mayorkas is guilty."

Rep. Mark Green, R-TN, serves as chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and led the impeachment effort against Mayorkas.

"The American people demand accountability," Green wrote on X, in response to House Speaker Mike Johnson signing the articles of impeachment Monday.

The Republican-controlled House voted 214 to 213 on a party-line vote to impeach Mayorkas on Feb. 13 after a failed attempt a week prior.  

The House's first article alleges that the homeland security secretary has failed to secure America's border and enforce immigration laws, and instead has executed policies that incentivize illegal immigration.  

The House's second article of impeachment contends that Mayorkas is in breach of the public trust and knowingly has made false statements to Congress and the American people. 

Like his conservative colleagues in the House, Cruz says Mayorkas bears much of the responsibility for the record high number of encounters of illegal aliens at America's borders.

"Mayorkas has aided and abetted the criminal invasion of the United States," Cruz said. "This is a humanitarian, public safety, and national security crisis."

Schumer told his fellow senators in a "Dear Colleague" letter on April 5 that when the articles of impeachment arrive in the Senate, senators will be sworn in as jurors the following day and that Senate President Pro Tempore Patty Murray, D-WA, will preside over the chamber.

The House was originally going to deliver the two articles of impeachment to the Senate on April 10, but Johnson delayed the delivery after a group of GOP senators asked him to do so to allow more time for debate on the Senate floor before the weekend.

Schumer said Monday that his plan of action in the Senate has not changed despite the arrival of the articles being delayed six days. Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

Virginia Allen is a senior news producer and podcast host for The Daily Signal and is the co-host of The Daily Signal Podcast and Problematic Women

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