U.S. Senate concludes impeachment trial of Homeland Security chief Alejandro Mayorkas

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

18th April 2024 – (Washington) The U.S. Senate has voted to adjourn the impeachment trial of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, effectively halting the Republican-led initiative to remove him from office. The decision came down on Wednesday with a narrow margin of 51-49, along party lines.

The trial, which centred on allegations of Mayorkas’ mishandling of border security and a purported failure to enforce immigration laws, concluded without a conviction. Democrats in the Senate argued that the charges did not meet the constitutional threshold for “high crimes and misdemeanours,” leading to the adjournment based on constitutional points of order.

This dismissal marks the end of what has been a contentious process initiated by the Republican majority in the House of Representatives. In February, they had voted to impeach Mayorkas, making him the first cabinet member to face such charges in nearly 150 years.

Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, who is set to retire in November, expressed his discontent with the outcome, deeming it a regrettable day for the Senate. Meanwhile, detractors of the impeachment, including some Republicans such as House Representative Tom McClintock and Colorado’s Ken Buck, criticized the move as a politically motivated overreach.