Republicans accuse Joe Biden's immigration minister

Republicans accuse Joe Biden's immigration minister

Republicans accuse Alejandro Mayorkas of sparking a crisis on the border between the United States and Mexico. However, the minister's impeachment remains highly unlikely, given the Democratic majority in the Senate.

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Democratic Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, responsible for immigration, in Washington (United States), November 8, 2023. (STEFANI REYNOLDS / AFP)

A heavy blow in the middle of the election campaign. Republicans in the US House of Representatives accused Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Immigration in President Joe Biden's government, on Tuesday, February 13, of sparking a crisis on the border between the United States and Mexico.

The Conservatives had already tried to impeach him a week ago, but failed by a few votes. “He is the main architect of the disaster.”Mike Johnson, the Republican leader in the House of Representatives, was accused. The main person involved, Alejandro Mayorkas, criticized Republicans for it “Waste of valuable time and taxpayer money.”

Penalty obtained by one vote

This is the first time in nearly 150 years that Congress has decided to impose such a penalty against a minister. But his impeachment remains highly unlikely, given the Democratic majority in the Senate. However, as the US Constitution stipulates, the dismissal of a minister must be decided by both houses of Congress.

First, the House of Representatives votes, by a simple majority, on the articles of the indictment detailing the alleged facts against the minister: this is called “impeachment” in English, and this vote was the one that took place on Tuesday evening by a majority of 214 votes to 213. After that, the Senate, which The Supreme Council of Congress, to try the minister. At the end of the discussions, the 100 senators will vote on each article. A two-thirds majority is required for conviction, in which case the dismissal is automatic without appeal. Otherwise, Alejandro Mayorkas will be acquitted.

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Joe Biden reacted quickly, denouncing A “A scandalous political act”. “Instead of orchestrating travesties like this, Republicans who actually care about the border should ask Congress for more resources and enhanced border security.”Criticize.

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