Three House Republicans just derailed the GOP attempt to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas

Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivers remarks during a swearing-in ceremony for newly appointed Chief of U.S. Border Patrol Mark Morgan at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C., October 11, 2016. CBP Photo by Glenn Fawcett

No one is being held accountable for the current border disaster.

Lack of accountability is glaring.

And now three House Republicans just derailed the GOP attempt to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas.

Mayorkas avoids impeachment

For months, House Republicans have been working to build a case to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas due to his failure in handling the massive crisis at the U.S. southern border.

Unfortunately, three GOP lawmakers just broke ranks and voted against the impeachment measure, leading to a vote of 214-216.

Voting was held on a resolution combining two articles of impeachment, which said Mayorkas “refused to comply with Federal immigration laws” and that he violated “public trust.”

Most GOP members voted along party lines as Democrats remained united and voted no against the measure.

But three Republicans also voted no, and another switched his vote at the last minute, allowing the resolution to be brought back to the floor.

The three members who voted no were Reps. Tom McClintock (R-CA), Ken Buck (R-CO), and Mike Gallagher (R-WI).

Each said that they agreed Mayorkas was not doing a good job at the border, but the threshold for impeachment was not met.

The trio also warned that if they voted yes, the same measure could be used against Republican Administrations in the future.

McClintock spoke on the House floor, saying that Mayorkas was “guilty of maladministration of our immigration laws on a cosmic scale” but that it was “not grounds for impeachment, because the American Founders specifically rejected it.”

“They didn’t want political disputes to become impeachment because that would shatter the separation of powers that vests the enforcement of the laws with the president, no matter how bad a job he does,” he continued.

Mike Gallagher also agreed that Mayorkas has done a bad job, saying that he “faithfully implemented President Biden’s open border policies and helped create the dangerous crisis at the southern border.”

However, he also said that impeachment “will set a dangerous new precedent that will be weaponized against future Republican administrations.”

Ken Buck wrote an op-ed for the Hill regarding the matter, saying that Republicans were doing what House Democrats did in 2019 and 2021: “pushing a partisan impeachment not based on what the Constitution actually states.”

Rep. Blake Moore (R-UT) originally voted no, but then he switched his vote at the last minute to be able to bring the resolution back to the floor.

A major setback

The decision to vote against Mayorkas’ impeachment is a major setback for House Republicans, who have worked to push for it for well over a year.

They’ve accused Mayorkas of disregarding federal law via “open border policies” that have made the illegal alien crisis worse.

Meanwhile, Democrats and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have accused the GOP of running a politically motivated impeachment campaign with no basis in the Constitution.

DHS spokesperson Mia Ehrenberg said, “If House Republicans are serious about border security, they should abandon these political games and instead support the bipartisan national security agreement in the Senate to get DHS the enforcement resources we need.”

She also said that Mayorkas “remains focused on working across the aisle to promote real solutions at the border and keep our country safe.”

Informed American will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.