GOP lawmaker says Mayorkas paying 'public relations price' with impeachment

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Rep. French Hill (R-Ark.) on Tuesday said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkars will pay the “public relations price” for President Biden’s handling of the border when he is impeached by the House.

“This is the Biden’s policy, but Mayorkas has been an uncooperative Cabinet secretary, he’s violated the law, he’s not been truthful to Congress, and Congress has fed up with it,” he said in an interview on Fox Business’s “Mornings with Maria.”

Hill argued that President Biden has the power to shut down the border today.

“The President could take executive action to do it today,” he said. “It doesn’t need more money. It needs action. And this is what’s disappointing to people and that’s why Mayorkas is going to pay this public relations price by being impeached for the first time since 1876,” he said.

The House is expected to impeach Mayorkas in a Tuesday evening vote after they failed to do so last week. The House brought impeachment articles to the floor last week but did not have the votes to pass them.

But Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.), who was absent last week, is expected to attend Tuesday’s vote, which should put the GOP effort over the top.

Mayorkas would be the first Cabinet-level official to be impeached since 1876.

The articles of impeachment accuse Mayorkas of violating immigration law by not detaining enough migrants and say he has “violated the public trust.”

Mayorkas and the Biden administration have pushed back on the efforts to impeach the Cabinet secretary. Mayorkas said in an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that he was facing “baseless allegations.”

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