Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs (R) has filed articles of impeachment against failed DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas; “I have a congressional responsibility,” Biggs says.
Biggs announced the impeachment on Fox News on Tuesday night.
From Fox News:
The lawmaker said he has been questioned about his plan, because Mayorkas has not been charged with any felonies or misdemeanors – in the vein of the impeachment clause’s “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
“High crimes means that you are a public official, and you have violated the public trust, and you have to be removed,” Biggs said.
Mayorkas, a Cuba native who grew up in Beverly Hills, Calif. after his family fled the Castros, has been under fire for his handling of the southern border crisis, with Republicans like Biggs claiming he has failed to adjudicate standing federal immigration laws, and instead has overseen a deluge of illegal immigrants.
“He basically got rid of every policy [from the Trump-era and prior] that was working,” Biggs said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
The lawmaker, who hails from the Tucson area, said the Yuma border sector saw fewer than 9,000 illegal immigrant encounters prior to the Biden-Mayorkas administration. In 2022, that same sector saw 360,000 such encounters, according to Biggs.
“Quite frankly, the first thing that goes when a country is actually devolving is when you lose your geographical integrity,” he said, adding that it is clear to him Mayorkas is intentionally causing chaos in his own country.
“And Secretary Mayorkas – that’s his main job — he has willfully imposed his own dangerous policies on us. It’s not negligence. It’s not incompetence. It’s willful.”
Biggs shared the announcement on Twitter, saying “Today I am filing impeachment articles against DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. I have a congressional responsibility to impeach figures who are in dereliction of their duties and commit crimes. If we don’t impeach him, his attack on this nation will continue.”
Today I am filing impeachment articles against DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
I have a congressional responsibility to impeach figures who are in dereliction of their duties and commit crimes.
If we don't impeach him, his attack on this nation will continue.
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) February 1, 2023
In a recent interview with MSNBC, Mayorkas was asked about the 1.1 million “gotaways” recorded at the southern border; he has no idea who they are or where they went.
Watch the clip above.