By Jennie Taer
Republican Texas Rep. Greg Abbott is backing House Republicans’ calls to impeach Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Abbott’s reason for pushing for Mayorkas’ impeachment has to do with the DHS secretary’s handling of the crisis at the southern border, he told Fox News Digital. The border state governor urged that Mayorkas should face the consequences “for lying to Congress and lying to Americans.”
“The facts are that Secretary Mayorkas has repeatedly told the public that the border is secure and that the border is not open,” Abbott said.
“He testified under oath to those two statements in front of the United States Congress, and despite what he is saying, the reality is under Secretary Mayorkas we have the largest number of people coming across the border illegally than ever in the history of the United States of America,” he added.
Meanwhile, Mayorkas has overseen DHS during record surges of illegal migration at the U.S.-Mexico border, where Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountered more than 250,000 migrants in December alone, which is the highest number in recorded history. The ongoing influx led Abbott to deploy state resources to the border in March 2021 in an effort he dubbed “Operation Lone Star.”
Abbott and Mayorkas most recently had a brief conversation Jan. 8 after President Joe Biden’s arrival on the tarmac in El Paso, Texas, where the Republican governor hand-delivered his proposed solutions to the border surge to the Biden administration.
“It is unfortunate that we have gotten to this point, but it is necessary. Secretary Mayorkas’s potential impeachment is not an accident. He has willfully abdicated his duties at Secretary of Homeland Security and actively mislead Congress and the American people. To make any progress at our southern border, he must go,” Fallon told the Daily Caller at the time.
Neither the White House nor DHS responded to requests for comment.