Today, Congresswoman Deborah Ross (NC-02), Vice Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement after voting against House Republicans’ resolution impeaching Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. The resolution failed to pass on the House floor this evening. 

“Today, House Republicans have once again prioritized political stunts over responsible governance,” said Congresswoman Ross. “They have failed to provide any evidence whatsoever that Secretary Mayorkas has committed a high crime or misdemeanor – the clear standard outlined in our Constitution – and attempted to impeach him based on policy differences and petty grievances alone. Secretary Mayorkas is a man of integrity and a dedicated public servant. He deserves better and so do the American people.

“I voted against this unprecedented, baseless impeachment resolution and am relieved that it failed to pass. I will continue to urge my Republican colleagues to put aside these partisan games and work with Democrats to fix our broken immigration system.” 

Congresswoman Ross serves on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Integrity, Security, and Enforcement. In a Judiciary Committee hearing last year, she questioned Secretary Mayorkas about effective immigration policies, including her legislation that would protect the children of long-term visa holders.