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Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas Survives Impeachment With Narrow House Vote


President Joe Biden’s secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, survived an impeachment vote in the House of Representatives on Tuesday evening.

In a narrow vote of 214-216, the lower chamber rejected two articles of impeachment against Mayorkas for “Willful and Systemic Refusal to Comply With the Law” and “Breach of the Public Trust.” Three Republicans — Colorado’s Ken Buck, Wisconsin Rep. Mike Gallagher, and California Rep. Tom McClintock — joined Democrats to block the impeachment resolution. House Republicans had reportedly expected just two defections — from Buck and McClintock — but lost a third in Gallagher’s “no” vote at the last minute.

Buck, who announced in November he would not seek reelection this fall, said he was a “solid” no on the impeachment proceedings last week. The New York Post reported in September that the outgoing Colorado congressman is in talks for a television gig with CNN.

Rep. Blake Moore, R-Utah, switched his vote to “no” seconds before the vote finished to allow lawmakers to reconsider the measure next week. Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, R-Fla., wrote on X that she expects the articles to ultimately pass after the 214-216 failure.

FYSA: Impeachment vote on Mayorkas will be brought back to the floor next week. Moore voted no so that it could be reconsidered next week. It’s a procedural maneuver so it’ll pass next week (pending votes).

Republicans argue Mayorkas deliberately violated his oath to secure the homeland with years of initiatives aimed at circumventing constitutional mandates to enforce the nation’s immigration laws. Examples include expanding immigrant parole programs and the CBP One App, allowing illegal aliens to enter the country so long as they schedule an appointment with federal officials. According to the Washington Examiner, criminal cartels have

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