House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who is poised to become speaker in January, threatened to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over record-high border migrant crossings. At a news conference in El Paso, Tx., McCarthy called on Mayorkas to resign and warned that if he does not, House Republicans will “investigate” whether to begin impeachment proceedings. “He cannot and must not remain in that position,” McCarthy said. “very order, every action and every failure will determine whether we can begin impeachment inquiry.” Republicans prepare to conduct broad oversight of the Biden administration, focusing on border security and immigration, Roll Call reports. Republicans are eager to highlight how crossings have strained border communities since President Biden took office.
Border agents recorded nearly 2.4 million encounters with migrants during fiscal 2022, the highest number on record. Some of the recorded encounters involve the same migrants making repeated attempts at crossing. Republicans oppose the Biden administration’s decision to end pandemic-era border expulsions under Title 42 for certain migrant groups, rescind the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” policy, and halt border wall construction. McCarthy said Biden and other Democrats "have pushed open border policies and waged baseless attacks on our border agents," McCarthy promised to hold committee hearings at the border “so the Democrats can no longer hide from the crisis they have created.” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called the trip a “political stunt” and said Biden secured record funding for the Department of Homeland Security, proposed a comprehensive immigration bill and has taken steps to address criminal smuggling networks and fentanyl trafficking.