Apr 12 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C Senator Thom Tillis and 42 of his Senate Republican colleagues recently sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) calling on the Senate to fulfill its constitutional duty by holding a trial to consider the impeachment of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

“We write to demand that the Senate uphold its constitutional responsibility to properly adjudicate the House of Representatives’ impeachment of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Since 2021, Secretary Mayorkas has abdicated control of America’s borders to a magnitude unparalleled in our Nation’s history. Our brave men and women at Customs and Border Protection have worked tirelessly to make our nation safer, yet with 7.5 million encounters since President Biden took office, our southern border is a national security disaster,” the senators wrote 

“The House of Representatives exercised its sole ‘Power of Impeachment’ under Article 1, section 2 and the Senate bore its sole solemn duty to ‘try all Impeachments’ under Article I, section 3. The Supreme Court held that, ‘the House is given the right to accuse and the Senate is given the right to judge.’ Nixon v. United States, 506 U.S. 224, 236 (1993). Never before has the Senate abandoned this duty, even when certain members believed the basis for impeachment was tenuous at best,”the senators continued. 

“In the face of the disaster that mounts daily at our southern border, and in communities across America, the House of Representatives has formally accused Alejandro Mayorkas of demeaning his office. The American people deserve to hear the evidence through a Senate trial in the Court of Impeachment. Therefore, we implore you to hold a trial, as has been done in every similar case in the Senate’s 235 years of existence,” the senators concluded.

Read the full letter HERE.