The idea of impeaching Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is gaining more steam among Republicans in purple districts as the chaos at the southern border continues to unfold.
Several House GOP lawmakers in swing districts threw their support behind impeaching Mayorkas over the exacerbated border crisis that saw Title 42 expire last week.
California Republican Rep. Mike Garcia told Punchbowl News that he supports impeaching Mayorkas, arguing that the DHS secretary is “going out of his way to allow this invasion on our southern border.”
“At some point, if we believe there is a case there, I’ll probably stick with the party,” Duarte said.
Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., also threw her support behind impeaching Mayorkas, telling Punchbowl News an impeachment of the DHS secretary would help vulnerable GOP members.
Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., also threw her support behind impeaching Mayorkas, saying an impeachment of the DHS secretary would help vulnerable GOP members. (Jon Michael Raasch/Fox News Digital)
“Illegal immigration is an American problem. It doesn’t matter if you have an ‘R’ or a ‘D’ or an ‘I’ by your name,” Mace said.
Texas GOP Rep. Pat Fallon, who took 67 percent of the vote in the 2022 midterm election, told Punchbowl News that there is little concern about impeachment coming out of his colleagues in purple districts. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
“The middle understands the disaster at the border,” said Fallon, who introduced impeachment articles against Mayorkas in January. “It’ll help purple districts because it’s more of a 70-30 issue, where only the hard left are the ones who want to keep things as they are.”
Other Republicans are not on board with impeaching Mayorkas, with Rep. Don Bacon of Nebraska telling Punchbowl News while the secretary “deserves criticism,” he is not behind impeachment.
“But I don’t think Mayorkas is the problem. The president is,” he continued.
Swing district Republicans supporting a Mayorkas impeachment could signal that they see the benefits of such an effort as outweighing the costs.
This means we could have a ballgame very soon.