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House set to vote on Mayorkas impeachment a second time

WASHINGTON (NewsNation) — House Republicans are determined to try again Tuesday to impeach Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, a week after their first attempt failed.

However, it’s not at all certain the do-over vote will produce a better tally after last week’s.

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise is expected to return to Washington, D.C., for an evening vote after receiving cancer treatment and sitting out the vote last week. If the vote is pushed later into the week, the outcome of Tuesday’s special election in New York to replace ousted Republican Rep. George Santos could tip the balance further.

NewsNation obtained a memo released Tuesday by DHS that calls on lawmakers to “stop the stunt.”

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“House Republicans’ baseless push to impeach Secretary Mayorkas has already failed once, with bipartisan opposition. If members of Congress care about our national security, they should listen to their fellow Republicans and stop wasting time on this pointless, unconstitutional impeachment,” the memo read.

Last week’s stunning blow to House Republicans came after a small group of Republicans — Colorado Rep. Ken Buck, Wisconsin Rep. Mike Gallagher and California Rep. Tom McClintock — joined all Democrats in voting against the resolution.

House Republicans allege Mayorkas breached trust and deliberately refused to comply with the law while managing the border crisis.

Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont., posted on X about the vote, writing, “Alejandro Mayorkas has undoubtedly FAILED to protect and defend our nation. Every day he remains in power, our national security is at risk. He has lied, defamed, and abandoned his duty as Secretary of Homeland Security. He must impeached!”

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Mayorkas continues to rebut those claims. 

“They’re baseless allegations … and that’s why I really am not distracted by them and focused on the work of the Department of Homeland Security,” he said.

Mayorkas also urged Congress to pass legislation to address the border crisis. 

Customs and Border Protection sources told NewsNation the U.S. has now surpassed one million migrant encounters at the southern border so far this fiscal year that began in October, marking an almost 10% increase compared to the same period last year.

If Republicans successfully impeach Mayorkas, it will mark a rare move. A Cabinet secretary has not faced impeachment charges since 1876. Secretary of War William Belknap resigned just before the vote.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.