(TheRedWire.com) – The GOP is preparing its impeachment case against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. In order to be successful they are placing a lot of their attention on the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which claims that operational control of the border essentially means that “all unlawful entries” to the United States are prevented.
The 2006 measure was passed during the Bush era and was part of an effort for comprehensive immigration reforms. While the immigration reform bill did not pass, House Republicans have continued to maintain that border security is incredibly important to them and have even advocated for the installation of fencing along the U.S.- Mexico border.
However, the provision of the 2006 bill regarding operational control has come up again as the House GOP majority is preparing to impeach Mayorkas, who they allege has lied to Congress by telling them that the border is secure.
Rep. Andy Biggs, one of the two GOP members to have introduced impeachment articles against Mayorkas has noted that Mayorkas claims that the border is not open and that they have operational control over the border. However, the “Secure Fence Act of 2006 clearly defines what operational control of a border is, and that means that no contraband or individual can come into the country illegally.”
Still, during Mayorkas’ time in office, there have been 5 million illegal aliens who traveled into the country and that is without counting the “got-aways.”
Republicans have maintained that Mayorkas has been unsuccessful in protecting the border and that record-high numbers of migrants have crossed the border.
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