House Republicans narrowly voted to impeach U.S. Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas after a previous attempt to impeach failed earlier this month. 

According to the articles of impeachment against Mayorkas approved Tuesday, Republicans accused him of “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” that has resulted in “unprecedented” level of illegal border crossings. 

The articles also accuse Mayorkas of breaching public trust. “Alejando N. Mayorkas has knowingly made false statements, and knowingly obstructed lawful oversight of the Department of Homeland Security,” the articles state. 

All of Texas’ Republican U.S. representatives voted for the impeachment. 

Some in Texas leadership have taken to social media to give their thoughts on the historic vote by the U.S. House.

“No one has deserved to be impeached more than Alejandro Mayorkas,” U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (R—36) posted on X yesterday. “The American people deserve better than a DHS Secretary who refuses to fulfill his constitutional duty to protect the homeland.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton also blasted Mayorkas on social media.

“Mayorkas has been a disaster, and his impeachment is a giant step towards securing our border,” he said. “Removing him from office is the first step. Removing Joe Biden in November by electing @realDonaldTrump is the next.”

U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R—2) said, “Tonight I voted to impeach Mayorkas. Now it’s the Senate’s job.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott commented on Mayorkas’ impeachment as well. 

“Since 1876 no Cabinet Secretary has done more damage to America,” he posted. “Countless lives have been lost. Communities destroyed. Crime is pervasive. There is no Homeland Security.”

Abbott continued, “He lied to Congress. He refused to enforce immigration laws passed by Congress. He deserves impeachment.”

While Mayorkas has been impeached by the U.S. House, his termination from office is contingent on the Senate’s vote—which has the sole power to hold a trial that may or may not lead to expulsion. 

Will Biagini

Will was born in Louisiana and raised in a military family. He currently serves as a journalist with Texas Scorecard. Previously, he was a senior correspondent for Campus Reform.