Mayorkas Completely Unprepared for Judiciary Hearing

Mayorkas Completely Unprepared for Judiciary Hearing

( – Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas recently appeared before the House Judiciary Committee to answer questions from representatives. However, he seemed woefully unprepared after not having answers on the terror watch list, child migrants, deportations, and other data asked of him. House Republicans accused him of mismanaging the US-Mexico border, and Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ) openly called for his impeachment.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) asked Mayorkas where apprehended suspects from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) “Terrorist Watch List” are, which Mayorkas could not answer. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) asked how many deportations occurred, which Mayorkas said was “more than 1,000” but failed to provide a specific estimate. Rep. Laurel Lee (R-FL) asked where those released via parole were, and Mayorkas evaded by responding that the detention centers had limited capacity with priority for those who pose a threat.

However, the Heritage Foundation asserts that the Biden administration is illegally paroling at least 30,000 aliens per month. Rep. Wesley Hunt (R-TX) asked for the total number of unidentified alien children (UACs) processed, which Mayorkas did not have the answer for during the hearing. Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) holds Mayorkas responsible for the epidemic of fentanyl poisoning deaths. And Mayorkas disagreed with Rep. Tom Tiffany’s (R-WI) assertion that fentanyl trafficking has increased.

House Republicans could attempt to impeach Attorney General Merrick Garland, FBI Director Christopher Wray, or President Joe Biden. Committee Democrats have criticized Republican efforts to establish impeachment cases against Biden administration officials. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said, “Today’s hearing will not be about legitimate congressional oversight…It will be one more exercise in political theater for the right-wing outrage machine before the August break.” Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX) doubled the sentiment that Republicans are “only interested in performance.”

Additionally, not all Republicans support the removal of Biden administration officials. Subsequently, Republicans could pursue a method of cutting pay for officials in the executive branch. With a narrow house majority, Speaker Kevin McCarthy must ensure a united Republican caucus if he wishes to pursue this issue.

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