By Daniel Stefanski |
As the issues at America’s southern border continue to mount, one Arizona Congressman took advantage of a face-to-face encounter with the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to let him know exactly how he felt about the official’s job performance.
On Wednesday, the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security held a hearing to “examine the Biden administration’s Fiscal Year 2024 budget proposal for the Department of Homeland Security.” On the docket for the meeting was testimony from DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Arizona Freshman Representative Eli Crane sat on this committee and had a chance to question Mayorkas.
Representative Crane didn’t mince words and he didn’t leave anyone in doubt as to his true feelings about the Biden Administration’s policies at the border. Directing the full weight of his comments to Secretary Mayorkas, who was sitting directly in front of the dais in the committee room, Crane said, “Sir, you said in your opening statements that you’re attacking cartels and smugglers in an unequivocal way. You most certainly are not, sir. As a matter of fact, if they were in this room right now, the heads of these cartels, you know what they’d tell us? They’d say, ‘hey, reelect these guys again and by all means keep that guy right in his seat because he’s our MVP. He’s making it so easy for us to smuggle drugs, smuggle people, get gangs into this country, distract our Border Patrol agents, and at the same time, destroy the U.S. economy.’ So you’re not doing a good job, sir.”
Crane then used this scathing, yet respectful and measured, lecture to reiterate his support for Articles of Impeachment against the DHS Secretary, which so far have been drafted by fellow Arizona Congressman Andy Biggs. Earlier this year, Congressman Biggs re-filed the Articles after first introducing the action in August 2021. In a press release announcing his re-introduction of the Articles, Biggs said, “It’s clear Secretary Mayorkas has committed high crimes and misdemeanors. His conduct is willful and intention. He is not enforcing the law and is violating his oath of office. For these reasons, Secretary Mayorkas should be impeached.”
Biggs and Crane aren’t the only Members of Congress on the track towards tougher action against Mayorkas. Back in November 2022, Kevin McCarthy, now the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, stated, “His actions have produced the great wave of illegal immigration in recorded history. That is why today I am calling on the secretary to resign. He cannot and must not remain in that position. If Secretary Mayorkas does not resign, House Republicans will investigate every order, every action and every failure to determine whether we can begin an impeachment inquiry.”
Just six months into Fiscal Year 2023, border officials have apprehended 1,223,067 illegal aliens at the southern border, including 191,899 in March (the most-recent month of information) – a little over half the numbers for the entirety of Fiscal Year 2022 (2,378,944). These apprehensions also do not take into account the number of ‘gotaways,’ which is a term for illegal aliens who escape detection by border officials and fade into countless American communities.
In February, Congressman Crane visited the southern border in El Paso, Texas, with members of the House Homeland Security Committee. Crane’s office publicized that the congressional delegation “witnessed a drug bust in real time, highlighting the severe drug trafficking issue plaguing our nation and the failure of the Biden Administration to disincentivize smugglers.” Crane said that the Biden Administration’s abandonment of the American people at the border was “a dereliction of duty” and “a betrayal of the American people they swore to protect.”
Daniel Stefanski is a reporter for AZ Free News. You can send him news tips using this link.