Texas Republican begins impeachment trial against Secretary of Homeland Security

Rep. Pat Fallon, R-Sherman, has filed articles of impeachment against US Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Majorcas.

The resolution accused Majorcas of not “maintaining operational control” over the US border. Fallon cites the secretary’s attempt to repeal Section 42, terminate migrant protection protocols, and cancel contracts to build additional border walls.

The articles of impeachment arrived late Monday night, but were originally filed on January 3. They were delayed due to the protracted vote of the speaker of the House of Representatives.

The move comes just days after President Joe Biden visited the border and announced a new immigration plan that would allow 30,000 migrants from four countries — Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela — to enter the U.S. every month, but only if if they apply from their home country and can find someone to support them economically in the US

Biden also announced that immigration agents would expand the use of the health emergency order, known as Section 42, to deport the same number of migrants from these four countries to Mexico if they try to enter the US illegally.

Mallorcas is meeting with officials in Mexico this week on a range of issues, including the Biden administration’s co-migration deal, which would also see Mexico host 30,000 migrants from the four countries every month.

Fallon’s resolution also alleges that Majorcas lied to the House Judiciary Committee and the House Homeland Security Committee in 2022 by testifying that the southern border was under control.

“Secretary Mallorcas has broken the law and pursued policies that undermine law enforcement on our southern border. … His deliberate actions undermine our immigration system, undermine the morale of border patrols, and endanger America’s national security. He should be removed from office,” Fallon’s office said in a statement.

The resolution was expected to be under the control of the Republican Party in the House of Representatives, but it would not move forward without further action from the party leadership.

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