It’s no secret that in the past few months, the border between the United States and Mexico has seen an influx of illegal immigrants, and while the Biden administration has made efforts to address the situation, it seems to be getting worse by the day.
Now, one Republican lawmaker is taking things to the next logical level, introducing articles of impeachment against Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for what he believes is treasonous behavior.
Representative Andy Biggs of Arizona, who is a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, recently appeared on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” to explain why he believes Mayorkas must be removed from office. According to Biggs, it’s Congress’ responsibility to “remove a public official from office … who is causing public harm,” and he believes Mayorkas is doing just that.
Biggs went on to cite the Founding Fathers when discussing the impeachment clause, which states that a public official can be removed for committing “high crimes and misdemeanors,” which he believes Mayorkas has done. “High crimes means that you are a public official, and you have violated the public trust, and you have to be removed,” Biggs said.
The Arizona Republican went on to point out that prior to the Biden-Mayorkas administration, the Yuma border sector saw fewer than 9,000 illegal immigrant encounters, but in 2022, that number skyrocketed to 360,000.
Biggs also said that Mayorkas has gotten rid of every policy from the Trump-era and prior that was actually working to keep the border secure, and he believes the secretary has willfully imposed dangerous policies that are causing chaos in the country.
Biggs isn’t the first House lawmaker to stand up against Mayorkas. In November of last year, Rep. Debbie Lesko of Arizona called for the secretary to step down or face investigation by the newly-GOP-led chamber.
Then in April, Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado confronted Mayorkas during a hearing and told him that many of his constituents believe he has committed treason and compared him to Benedict Arnold.
It’s clear that the border situation isn’t going away anytime soon, and many people are wondering what will happen next. For now, it remains to be seen if Biggs’ articles of impeachment will gain any traction in Congress, or if they will be swept under the rug like so many other issues.
Either way, the state of the border is a major concern for many Americans, and the situation needs to be addressed soon.
Erica Carlin is an independent journalist, opinion writer and contributor to several news and opinion sources. She is based in Georgia.