The House of Representatives voted today to impeach Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas by a vote of 214-213. After an initial effort to impeach Mayorkas failed, House Republicans rallied support, and successfully passed a resolution to impeach the DHS Secretary in a historic vote.

Mayorkas is the first cabinet member to be officially impeached by the House of Representatives since the 1870s, marking new territory in the Republican fight against the Biden Administration. Three Republicans voted with all Democrat members of the House against the impeachment resolution. Those members of the Republican caucus were Rep. Mike Gallagher, and Rep. Ken Buck, who are both retiring after their term, and Rep. Tom McClintock.

House Speaker Mike Johnson can quoted as saying after the vote…

Alejandro Mayorkas deserves to be impeached, and Congress has a constitutional obligation to do so,”

DHS spokeswoman Mia Ehrenberg responded to the news of Mayorkas’ impeachment with the following statement…

“House Republicans will be remembered by history for trampling on the Constitution for political gain rather than working to solve the serious challenges at our border. While Secretary Mayorkas was helping a group of Republican and Democratic Senators develop bipartisan solutions to strengthen border security and get needed resources for enforcement, House Republicans have wasted months with this baseless, unconstitutional impeachment,” DHS spokeswoman Mia Ehrenberg said in a statement.

“Without a shred of evidence or legitimate Constitutional grounds, and despite bipartisan opposition, House Republicans have falsely smeared a dedicated public servant who has spent more than 20 years enforcing our laws and serving our country. Secretary Mayorkas and the Department of Homeland Security will continue working every day to keep Americans safe.”

Johnson could be seen exiting the House chamber after the vote in the video below telling reporters, “The House has a constitutional responsibility […] we have to do our job regardless of what the other chamber does.”

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