Alejandro Mayorkas dodges impeachment by House over border crisis

House Republicans failed to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in a contentious vote Tuesday that will temporarily spare the Cabinet official from facing removal proceedings.

Lawmakers voted by a narrow margin of 214-216 to reject the articles of impeachment against Mayorkas, who was confirmed by the Senate in February 2023 to lead the department’s 260,000 employees.

GOP Reps. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Tom McClintock (R-CA), Blake Moore (R-UT), and Ken Buck (R-CO) were the only members to break with the party and vote in defense of Mayorkas. All Democrats voted against the impeachment articles.

Conservative firebrand Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) brought the impeachment charges against Mayorkas, which were drawn up by the House Homeland Security Committee. Mayorkas was impeached on two counts: willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law and a breach of the public
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