President Biden Criticizes House GOP’s Impeachment of Secretary Mayorkas

In a statement released today, President Joe Biden condemned the House GOP’s impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas as a baseless and unconstitutional act of partisanship. Emphasizing Mayorkas’ service and dedication to the country as a Cuban immigrant, the President accused Republicans of engaging in political games instead of addressing genuine concerns about border security.

Here is the statement:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 13, 2024

Statement from President Joe Biden on House GOP’s Baseless Impeachment of Secretary Mayorkas

History will not look kindly on House Republicans for their blatant act of unconstitutional partisanship that has targeted an honorable public servant in order to play petty political games. Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas, a Cuban immigrant who came to the United States with his family as political refugees, has spent more than two decades serving America with integrity in a decorated career in law enforcement and public service.  From his time in the Justice Department as a U.S. Attorney to his service as Deputy Secretary and now Secretary of Homeland Security, he has upheld the rule of law faithfully and has demonstrated a deep commitment to the values that make our nation great. 
 
This impeachment already failed once on a bipartisan vote. Instead of staging political stunts like this, Republicans with genuine concerns about the border should want Congress to deliver more border resources and stronger border security. Sadly, the same Republicans pushing this baseless impeachment are rejecting bipartisan plans Secretary Mayorkas and others in my administration have worked hard on to strengthen border security at this very moment — reversing from years of their own demands to pass stronger border bills. Giving up on real solutions right when they are needed most in order to play politics is not what the American people expect from their leaders. Congress needs to act to give me, Secretary Mayorkas, and my administration the tools and resources needed to address the situation at the border. The House also needs to pass the Senate’s national security supplemental right away. We will continue pursuing real solutions to the challenges Americans face, and House Republicans have to decide whether to join us to solve the problem or keep playing politics with the border.

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