Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Cruz: Senate has Constitutional Obligation to Hold Impeachment Trial of Mayorkas; ‘Why Are You Filibustering?’: Mayorkas Stumbles Over Answer When Asked What Powers He Lacks to Enforce Border; Democrats Shatter Precedent with Fast-Track Dismissal of Mayorkas Impeachment

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Cruz: Senate has constitutional obligation to hold impeachment trial of Mayorkas:
A coalition of Republican senators is calling out Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, for his purported plan to table the impeachment charges against Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Before Schumer adjourned the Senate on Thursday, Republican senators made their case for what they say is the Senate’s constitutional duty to hold an impeachment trial for the man House Republicans impeached on two counts, alleging he created the border crisis.
In his statement before the Senate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who began his law career as a clerk for Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist, discussed the process, the constitutional requirement for the Senate to hold a trial, and the consequences if it doesn’t.
He began his remarks by saying, “There are times when the eyes of history are upon the United States Senate. This is one of those times. We are facing today an existential crisis at our southern border. It is qualitatively different than anything we have ever faced at our southern border in the history of our nation.”
He next explained why Mayorkas was impeached by House Republicans: not because he is “incompetent,” “negligent,” or “bad at his job.” But because he “is very, very good at his job,” which he “does not view as securing the border … as protecting our homeland security.”
“Rather, he views his job as openly and directly violating, flouting federal law and aiding and abetting the criminal invasion of this United States. He is not trying to secure the border. He is trying to accelerate the invasion that is happening. He wants more illegal aliens and more criminal, illegal aliens released into this country. Under the Biden administration, 10.4 million illegal immigrants have been released into this country and Senate Democrats are desperate to avoid the misery and suffering and death that their radical policies have produced.” His figure excludes gotaways, those who evade capture. --->READ MORE HERE
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‘Why Are You Filibustering?’: Mayorkas Stumbles Over Answer When Asked What Powers He Lacks to Enforce Border:
Rep. Michael Cloud, R-Texas, left Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas stumbling during a Wednesday hearing by rhetorically asking him what powers Congress had stripped him of to enforce the border.
Mayorkas testified during a hearing of the House Appropriations’ homeland security subcommittee titled “Budget Hearing: Fiscal Year 2025 Request for the Department of Homeland Security.” Cloud questioned Mayorkas about whether he lacked the power and authorization to secure the U.S.-Mexico border due to congressional action since he took office.
“Could you speak to any authorities that Congress has removed from you or the president since taking office?” Cloud asked Mayorkas, in reference to claims by President Joe Biden that he is unsure whether he has the power to take certain steps to prevent illegal immigration. Biden said he was “examining” what powers he had to close the border during a Univision interview that aired Tuesday.
“Has Congress removed any authorities from you or the president since taking office?” Cloud asked as Mayorkas stammered in response.
“That is a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ question,” Cloud added. “Why are you filibustering? I asked you a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ question.” --->READ MORE HERE
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