House sends Mayorkas impeachment articles to Senate

The debate over the Biden administration’s border policy is moving to the Senate.

House Republicans sent two articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to the Senate on Tuesday. 

That will kick off a trial in the Senate over President Joe Biden’s immigration policy. 


The big picture: The Democratic-controlled Senate is expected to quickly dismiss the charges without a trial or conduct a speedy trial without a conviction.

  • Mayorkas is the first Cabinet secretary to be impeached in nearly 150 years, with House Republicans voting to impeach him over his handling of the southern border.
  • Republicans have targeted Mayorkas as a way to criticize Biden and his administration’s handling of immigration and border security.
  • Democratic senators, along with some Republicans, expect that the Senate will move to dismiss the case before a full trial.

What we’re watching: The White House is attempting to shift the focus to Republicans blocking a bipartisan border deal, suggesting that it shows the party’s lack of seriousness about border security.

  • Questions remain over how the Senate trial will proceed, with possibilities including a motion to dismiss or table the articles, or a full trial.
  • The Senate would need a two-thirds majority vote to convict Mayorkas. 
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