Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) introduced a resolution on Thursday to force a vote on impeaching Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas after two of her constituents were killed in a car crash involving a suspected human smuggler.
The congresswoman accused Mayorkas of “high crimes and misdemeanors” in a speech on the House floor. She said Mayorkas “willfully abandoned his duty” to secure the border and “protect states against invasion” by illegal immigrants. She also begrudged the secretary for his failure to stem the flow of dangerous drugs such as fentanyl into the United States, among other issues.
BREAKING: I just filed privileged Articles of Impeachment on Secretary Mayorkas.
Yesterday, two Americans from my district in Dalton, GA were killed in a high-speed head-on collision at the hands of human traffickers smuggling illegal aliens into this country.
They had 5 kids… pic.twitter.com/JHbYYLpElp
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) November 9, 2023
Because her resolution is privileged, it prompts the GOP-led House to act on it within two legislative days, indicating this effort will go further than previous attempts to impeach Mayorkas. It was not immediately clear how much support Greene’s resolution would receive among her colleagues, though Republicans have long chastised Mayorkas over his handling of the southern border.
New House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) recently said he believes Mayorkas has “committed impeachable offenses.” But Johnson added in a conversation with Fox News host Sean Hannity that “we only have so much time and resources to go after that,” as the House is already engaged in an impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden.
Greene lashed out at Mayorkas on Wednesday following a crash in Texas that killed two citizens of her district when, according to law enforcement, a suspected human trafficker driving a car full of Hondurans careened into their vehicle while fleeing authorities. The victims have been identified as Jose Lerma, 67, and Isabel Lerma, 65, of Dalton, Georgia.
“This is unacceptable! Alejandro Mayorkas is derelict of his duty to secure our Southern border and my constituents are dying!!” Greene said in a post to X. She expounded on her frustration on Thursday, saying the victims “had 5 kids who will never get to say goodbye.”
Greene added: “The utter disregard for American life displayed by Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas can no longer be ignored. The time for more hearings and phases is over. Americans are getting murdered just traveling to see their families. Lives have been lost forever. Everyone should care. This is not a political issue. That’s why I just introduced privileged Articles to IMPEACH Secretary Mayorkas.”
The Daily Wire reached out to the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday seeking comment on Greene’s resolution.
“While the House Majority has wasted months trying to score points with baseless attacks, Secretary Mayorkas has been doing his job and working to keep Americans safe,” a DHS spokesperson said in response.
“Under his leadership, the Department of Homeland Security is stopping unprecedented amounts of fentanyl from entering the country, countering threats from the Chinese government, helping communities recover from natural disasters, and working to protect our nation from cyberattacks, terrorism, and targeted violence,” the spokesperson added. “Instead of continuing their reckless impeachment charades and attacks on law enforcement, Congress should work with us to keep our country safe, build on the progress DHS is making, and deliver desperately needed reforms for our broken immigration system that only legislation can fix.”