Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is advocating for the quick removal of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas as the illegal immigration crisis on the southern border shows no signs of slowing down.
Cruz’s remarks come after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) had 251,487 encounters with illegal aliens last month, the highest number ever recorded in U.S. history.
Last month’s numbers, combined with the first two months of fiscal year 2023 — October and November — put the U.S. on track to have more than 2.87 million illegal alien encounters on the U.S. southern border this year.
December’s numbers mean that the Biden administration has now experienced ten straight months of 200,000+ illegal alien encounters per month on the southern border.
Cruz was asked about Mayorkas during the most recent episode of “The Verdict” with co-host Ben Ferguson.
“There were a lot of people that believe that there’s a good chance that he could be investigated, even impeached because of him knowing what was happening at the border the entire time and misleading the country about it, claiming that the border is secure when he knew it wasn’t secure,” Ferguson said. “Is there going to be any movement, you think early in this year, at least on the House side?”
“I believe the answer is yes,” Cruz responded. “I believe the House of Representatives will impeach Alejandro Mayorkas. I think they will do it this year, likely in the first half of the year. I will be shocked if they don’t go forward. I think it’s extremely likely and I think it is important. We have never had a cabinet secretary so utterly refuse to do his job and in fact instruct his employees to actively defy federal law, to frustrate federal law.”
“Federal immigration law requires that people here illegally be removed, be deported,” Cruz said. “Instead, what Mayorkas has done is directed Homeland Security to facilitate and expedite people breaking the law. He wants the turnstile to move more quickly. His entire objective is to have even more people come here illegally. It’s not to stop them. It’s not to deport them. It’s not to secure the border. He wants to make it even more efficient that when you cross illegally, Joe Biden’s travel agent will take you wherever you want to go and set you up.”
Cruz said that Mayorkas was really the first cabinet officer of a U.S. administration that has devoted their “entire time” to “abdicating his entire statutory responsibility.”
“Even worse, if he simply abdicated and didn’t do his job, that would be terrible. But he’s doing even worse, he is directing everyone in his control to actively facilitate law breaking,” Cruz said. “And I believe the House will impeach him and then in the Senate, Chuck Schumer will do everything he can to sweep it under the rug and have nobody pay attention. But we need to focus the American people on the tragedy that is unfolding every day on the southern border, that the media ignores, and that the Democrats have caused.”