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House votes to impeach DHS Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas
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House votes to impeach DHS Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas

UPDATE POSTED at 7:49 p.m. ET:

Two Republican lawmakers and two Democratic lawmakers did not vote on the impeachment resolution on Tuesday.

Original story below:

House Republicans passed impeachment articles targeting Department of Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas, sending the matter to the Senate, where it will almost certainly fail to clear the threshold required for conviction.

In the 214-213 vote, most Republicans supported impeachment. GOP Reps. Ken Buck of Colorado, Tom McClintock of California, and Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin voted against impeachment again, just as they did last week when the resolution failed to clear the House chamber.

Republican Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who was not present for the vote last week, was present this week.

Mayorkas, who was sworn in as DHS secretary in February 2021, has presided over the department as massive numbers of migrants have been inundating the nation's southern border month after month during President Joe Biden's White House tenure.

The first article of impeachment asserts that "Mayorkas willfully and systemically refused to comply with the immigration laws, failed to control the border to the detriment of national security, compromised public safety, and violated the rule of law and separation of powers in the Constitution, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States."

The second article declares that "Mayorkas breached the public trust by knowingly making false statements to Congress and the American people and avoiding lawful oversight in order to obscure the devastating consequences of his willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law and carry out his statutory duties. He has also breached the public trust by willfully refusing to carry out his statutory duty to control the border and guard against illegal entry, notwithstanding the calamitous consequences of his abdication of that duty."

There is likely no chance of a conviction in the Senate chamber. "The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present," the Constitution states.

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Alex Nitzberg

Alex Nitzberg

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