(Central Square) – Rep. Pat Fallon, a Republican from northeast Texas, has filed articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Majorcas.
Fallon became the second congressman to do so in less than a year after US Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona filed articles of impeachment against Mallorcas last August.
“Secretary Majorcas has broken the law and … implemented policies that undermine law enforcement on our southern border,” Fallon said in a statement emailed to The Center Square. “From giving false testimony before Congress about maintaining operational control of the border to the infamous slander of our Border Patrol agents, Secretary of State Majorcas has proved time and time again that he is not fit to lead the Department of Homeland Security. His deliberate actions undermine our immigration system, undermine the morale of our border guards, and endanger America’s national security. He should be removed from office.”
Fallon’s resolution, filed Tuesday, said Mallorcas is being impeached “for felonies and misdemeanors” in three articles alleging violations of federal laws, lying to Congress and slandering Border Patrol agents.
Article 1 of the resolution states that Majorcas violated his constitutional oath and “behaved in a way that is inconsistent with his duties as an officer of the United States.”
According to the resolution, Mallorcas violated Article II of the US Constitution, which requires representatives of the executive branch to ensure the faithful implementation of laws passed by Congress and signed by the president.
Mallorcas has also been accused of violating the Fence Security Act of 2006 and the Immigration and Nationality Act.
The 2006 law requires the Secretary of DHS to “maintain operational control of all international land borders of the United States.” Operational control refers to “preventing all illegal entries into the United States, including terrorists, other illegal aliens, instruments of terrorism, drugs, and other contraband.”
The INA requires DHS to detain “ineligible aliens entering the United States or aliens who are in the United States without pre-processing screening.”
Under Mallorcas’ “catch and release” policies, including instructing agents to issue a report notice and implement the Detention Alternatives program, at least one million people were “recklessly released into the interior of the United States,” the resolution said.
Since Majorcas has been in power, more than 5.5 million people have “crossed our southern border”, with more than 150,000 illegal border crossings in 20 consecutive months, including at least 98 of them on terrorist lists , the resolution says.
Border Patrol Agents reported a record number of detentions and escapes – almost 314,000 in December and more than 327,000 in november, according to preliminary data obtained by The Center Square. This is after more than 3.3 millionn were registered in fiscal year 2022, according to data obtained by The Center Square.
“Secretary Majorcas has led a 180% increase in clashes on the southern border since the previous administration,” Fallon said.
More fentanyl spilled across the southern border in the past two months than in the entirety of fiscal year 2019, he said.
CBP’s record FY 2022 seizure of over 14,000 pounds of fentanyl rules out several hundred million lethal doses of fentanyl seized by law enforcement in Texas, the DEA and other states since at least March 2021. Combined, their seizures were enough to kill everyone in the United States. times as fentanyl poisoning remains the leading cause of death among Americans aged 18 to 45.
Majorcas “undermined operational control of our southern border and encouraged illegal immigration,” Fallon added. He did this by halting construction of an additional border wall already allocated by Congress and attempting to end the Migrant Protection Protocols and Section 42. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and several other Attorneys General sued over these and other policy changes; federal courts continue to rule against the administration in their cases.
Article II asserts that Majorcas perjured himself and gave false and misleading testimony to Congress. The resolution cites his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, saying that DHS exercised operational control over the border and argued that the border was secure.
Majorcas “perjured himself repeatedly before Congress,” Fallon said.
Article III alleges that Mallorcas “deliberately slandered his hard-working border agents and misled the public” when he claimed they beat up Haitians who illegally entered Del Rio, Texas in September 2021. They didn’t, the 511-page CBP report says. .
Mallorcas last week said he had no plans to retire, the border was closed, and he was expanding a policy that had already sued him.
Fallon said his actions require impeachment, trial, and removal from office, as well as disqualification from holding any position in the federal government in the future.
The impeachment resolution was referred to the House Judiciary Committee.
No matter what action the House of Representatives takes, Fallon’s resolution is not expected to pass the Democratic-controlled Senate.
In response to the congressman’s actions, a DHS spokesman told The Center Square, “Members of Congress can do more than point the finger at someone else; they should sit down at the negotiating table and work on solutions to our broken system and outdated laws that they haven’t updated in over 40 years.”
The spokesperson also said that DHS will “continue our work to enforce our laws and secure our borders while creating a safe, orderly and humane immigration system.”
The spokesman added that Mallorcas “has no plans to retire” and “none of the alleged grounds are factually accurate, and even if they were, none of them meet the constitutional standards of treason, bribery or other felonies and misdeeds.”