McCarthy calls for Mayorkas to resign over crisis at border during El Paso visit

McCarthy, who was in El Paso meeting with border agents, predicted 13 million more illegal crossings for the rest of Biden's term 'if nothing changes'

Published: November 22, 2022 4:41pm

Updated: November 22, 2022 11:40pm

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday called for Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to resign.

If he does not resign, McCarthy said the House Republican investigation of Mayorkas in the new Congress could "lead to an impeachment inquiry."

McCarthy predicted that there will be 13 million more illegal crossings for the rest of President Biden's term "if nothing changes."

So far, there have been about 4 million land encounters with migrants since Biden took office. McCarthy said there will be a "psunami" of illegal immigration at the border if Title 42 is lifted, which he said could bring the total encounters with migrants to 17 million.

McCarthy was in El Paso meeting with border agents, who he said told him the border is not secure. The California Republican told reporters that he visited a bridge where 70,000 migrants crossed into the U.S. over the last 7 weeks.

He said that 107 terrorist suspects have been apprehended crossing the border, arguing that Mayorkas is wrong when he says the border is secure. 

"How many people have not been caught?" he said.

McCarthy vowed to hold accountable the Biden officials responsible for "this disaster" at the border when the GOP takes the House majority in January. He said that House committees have his "complete support" to investigate the Biden administration's handling of the U.S.-Mexico border.

"We have lost operational control of our southern border empowering drug cartels and human traffickers," he said.

McCarthy said Mayorkas would be fired by now if he was in charge of a private company. 

Florida GOP Rep. Kat Cammack said most migrants want to get stopped by U.S. border agents because they know that they will be "paroled into the country" and asked to show up for a future court date, sometimes 5 years down the line.

"This is a real problem that has been ignored by Joe Biden and Alejandro Mayorkas," Cammack said before calling for Mayorkas to resign. "If he doesn't, we will make him."

Ohio GOP Rep. Warren Davidson told Just the News that the border patrol is "pleading for just the ability to do their job" and Mayorkas is not letting them fully enforce the nation's immigration laws.

"A lot of us have called for him to be impeached. And finally, we're going to be in the position come January 3 to do that. And it's very encouraging to hear Kevin McCarthy saying, hey, look, you know, you might as well resign now, because we're coming after you," he said. 

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