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Sunday, December 04, 2022

Lawmakers, activists reject Republican attack on DHS chief

Two Democratic legislators and a group of activists today rejected the Republican Party’s intention to force his resignation or launch a political trial against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

“We strongly condemn the statement by (Republican) Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy calling for Mayorkas’ resignation,” said a statement from Rosa De Lauro, a Connecticut Democrat and chair of the House Appropriations Committee.

The secretary “has steadfastly led the department in the midst of significant challenges over the past two years, including the influx of migrants at the Southwest border,” the statement, signed by Lucille Roybel Ellard, a California Democrat and chair of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security Assignments, also included. . ,

Republican McCarthy, during a visit to the southern border of the United States, accused President Joe Biden’s government of tolerating the entry of undocumented immigrants, and called for Mayorkas’ resignation.

If the officials do not resign, McCarthy said, Republicans will file an impeachment trial when, starting in January, they become the majority in the US House of Representatives.

For her part, Voice of America executive director Vanessa Cardenas said in a statement that the “biggest domestic threat” to national security in the United States is the rise of white nationalist extremism.

“It is worrying that Kevin McCarthy and his minions have decided to investigate and attempt to remove the very person responsible for the security of the country who is rightly fighting this growing threat,” Cárdenas said.

Delaro and Roybal said Mayorkas “has led an effort to aggressively combat cross-border smuggling operations and improve security by deploying advanced technologies and support personnel.”

“It is unfortunate that decades of Republican filibusters have prevented the opening of legal avenues for immigrants to come to the United States without filling the American workforce,” the statement said.

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