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Exclusive: Rep. Roy Memo Making Case for Mayorkas Impeachment Picks Up Support from Texas Republicans
By Adam Shaw, Fox News
Washington, October 28, 2021
In the memo sent to the lawmakers this week, a copy of which was obtained by Fox News, Roy says Mayorkas "has failed to secure our borders and has endangered Americans in the process, and in so doing, has violated his oath to the Constitution, failing to defend it and failing to faithfully execute the laws of the United States."
The 13-page document makes the case for impeaching the Cabinet official, saying he has violated his oath by ignoring laws of the U.S. and instead "establishing a wide-open border to issue legal status to as many illegal migrants as possible."
He goes on to allege that the resultant crisis has harmed Americans economically, put their health at risk, empowered cartels and put citizens at risk of physical harm. Specifically it points to the ending of border wall construction, a refusal to expel most migrants under Title 42 and the ending of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP).
Mayorkas has rejected such claims, saying the Biden DHS is seeking to balance enforcement with U.S. asylum laws – while denying Republican claims that the border is open.
"Our mission is to protect the American public and to administer the laws of our nation," he said in August. "Consistent with that, our efforts will uphold our laws and will uphold our values. That includes the laws of humanitarian relief, as well as the laws of enforcement."
"We will work relentlessly to thwart illegal immigration, and to adjudicate asylum claims fairly and efficiently. Both are embedded in the law and we are committed to upholding both. As we work to meet these long-standing challenges, we do not turn our backs on our values, our principles, our humanity, and our proudest traditions," he said.
The Roy memo says that "for the undeniable and unavoidable damages imposed to Texans and Americans as a whole, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas should be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors in his role as the Secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security."
It’s a call that has found agreement and support from some of his Republican colleagues in Texas -- who have been some of the most vocal in their criticism of the Biden administration’s border policies.
Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas – who has previously signed onto an impeachment resolution -- told Fox News that the impeachment push was "appropriate" and said he believed that by allegedly inducing people to cross the border illegally, both Mayorkas and Biden could be impeached.