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    US House votes to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

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    House Republicans have been scrutinizing Mr. Mayorkas' actions for months, seeking to highlight immigration and border security as central issues in the election.

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    The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, led by a Republican majority.

    Last week's impeachment effort failed, but a subsequent vote gave Republicans a slim majority of 214-213.

    However, Democrats hold a majority in the Senate, and Mayorkas is expected to retain his position.

    The move is part of a series of recent actions by House Republicans to exercise Congress' impeachment powers.

    In January 2024, Republicans on the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee passed two articles of impeachment against Mr. Mayorkas, accusing him of oversaw lax border security and immigration enforcement efforts and the deaths of hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants. He accused them of releasing them into the interior of the country. Among other charges.

    The Constitution gives Congress the power to impeach and remove “all civil officers of the United States,” including the president, for “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” This emphasizes Congress's obligation to oversee and hold other branches of the federal government to account through investigative activities.

    But the impeachment process, like much of Congress' oversight work, is influenced by partisan interests. When Congress and the presidency are controlled by opposing parties, investigations tend to be stepped up as a way to reduce the president's approval rating.

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