Alejandro N. Mayorkas, the secretary of homeland safety, stated on Sunday that he was not anticipating the continued efforts of the Republicans in Congress to question him on his administration of the southern border.
“These are baseless allegations, Kristen, and that's why I'm probably not distracted by them and centered on the work of the Division of Homeland Safety,” he stated in an interview on NBC's “Meet the Press” with Kristen Welker . “I’ve a busy day in the present day. After the present, a busy work day. I had a busy day on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and so forth.”
Republican leaders within the Home suffered a surprising defeat final week of their first effort to question Mr Mayorkas, however have vowed to strive once more.
They argued that Mr. Mayorkas needs to be charged with excessive crimes and misdemeanors for failing to implement immigration legal guidelines. Mr. Mayorkas denied these statements and stated that america permits a presidential administration to have flexibility in border insurance policies.
He stated it was as much as Congress to repair a “damaged” immigration system, simply days after a bipartisan deal to overtake insurance policies on the southern border was struck down within the Senate.
“It’s definitely a disaster and, nicely, we’ve got no duty for a damaged system,” Mr. Mayorkas stated. “And we do an amazing quantity in that damaged system. However basically, basically, Congress is the one one who can repair it.
Mr. Mayorkas, the primary Latino to go the division, has testified earlier than Congress greater than every other member of President Biden's cupboard – a complete of greater than two dozen instances. He informed Home Republican officers that their effort to question him wouldn’t have an effect on the work he’s doing and maintained that he wouldn’t resign if his push is profitable.
In a January letter to Consultant Mark E. Inexperienced, Republican of Tennessee and chairman of the Homeland Safety Committee, Mr. Mayorkas stated the impeachment had not shaken him.
“I guarantee you that your false accusations won’t sway me or distract me from the mission of legislation enforcement and the bigger mission of public service to which I’ve devoted most of my profession and to which I stay devoted,” he wrote.
One of many Republicans who broke along with his get together to vote towards the impeachment, Consultant Mike Gallagher Wisconsin, stated on Saturday that he didn’t need re-election.
Mr. Gallagher wrote in a Wall Avenue Journal opinion piece final week that the impeachment effort was mistaken.
“I don’t agree with my Republican colleagues who voted on Tuesday to question Mr. Mayorkas,” he wrote. “The impeachment not solely fails to resolve Mr. Biden's border disaster, but in addition units a harmful new precedent that can be used towards future Republican administrations.”