(FeaturedNews.com) – In an interview, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said that he would not be pressured into resigning from his position despite the impeachment efforts brought forth by House Republicans.
The interview with CNN’s Chris Wallace was aired on Sunday’s episode of “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace.”
House Republicans have repeatedly called for investigations into the situation on the southern border, claiming that the border is not secure. Many have also been calling for Mayorkas to be impeached as he has not established “operational control” of the border.
Since the Republicans took control of the House, two articles of impeachment have been brought forth against Mayorkas. In the articles, Mayorkas is accused of failing his border duties and lying to Congress about the border being secure and under control.
The GOP is basing its impeachment case on a 2006 law that defines operational control as the prevention “of all unlawful entries.” Critics however have pointed out that this definition is unattainable.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) in November had called for Mayorkas to resign and had warned that when the Republicans won the House he would be facing a House investigation and potential impeachment charges. The Department of Homeland Security has repeatedly noted that Mayorkas is not planning on stepping down.
Mayorkas has added that he takes the possibility of impeachment “seriously” and that he plans on appearing before Congress whenever requested to do so. He noted that he does not dismiss the statements by the House Republicans, but he is for now choosing to focus on his work.
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