U.S. Rep. Dale Strong (R-Monrovia) joined 17 other lawmakers in voting to advance articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for his handling of the rapidly deteriorating situation on the southern border.

Strong, who sits on the GOP-led House Homeland Security Committee, joined every other Republican member in voting to advance the impeachment articles.

The claim against Mayorkas relates to his perceived failure to enforce federal law at the border. House Republicans claim in the impeachment articles that Mayorkas "has willfully and systemically refused to comply with immigration laws enacted by Congress. He has breached the public trust by knowingly making false statements to Congress and the American people, and obstructing congressional oversight of his department."

Ranking U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said the impeachment was a "sham" and a "baseless political stunt by extreme MAGA Republicans."

"A yearlong investigation conducted by the House Committee on Homeland Security revealed numerous instances where Secretary Mayorkas has blatantly disregarded his obligation to his oath and to the American people," Strong said. "Mayorkas has willfully refused to comply with and enforce federal immigration law as passed by Congress."

"Make no mistake, this border crisis is the direct result of Mayorkas' failure to enforce federal law. In the last three years, Americans have watched the chaos and devastation that has unfolded at our Southern border. Our nation is in the midst of a historic national security and public safety crisis," he added.

After passing the committee, the U.S. House of Representatives will now vote on the full measure. If passed by the House, it will force a Senate trial.

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