WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), who has traveled twice to the U.S.-Mexico border in recent years as a member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, today issued the following statement regarding the Democratic-led suppression of the impeachment trial for Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas:

“Senate Democrats insulted the United States Senate as an institution and, more importantly, the American people by suppressing the impeachment trial for Secretary Mayorkas and denying the right of every American to hear the evidence.  Let’s be clear, they wanted this trial stopped because it would have been politically inconvenient for them.

“We all see what’s going on at the border.  There’s no hiding Secretary Mayorkas’ blatant failure to enforce our laws and protect the American people by securing our borders.  There’s no hiding the more than 9 million illegal immigrants allowed into our country under his watch, and the growing costs to taxpayers who are forced to provide services for them.  And there’s certainly no hiding the lives lost to the illegal drugs flowing across the border or the crimes committed by illegal immigrants.

“The American people deserve better than what they got today from Senate Democrats and by what we’ve been saddled with by Secretary Mayorkas and the Biden administration.”

Hyde-Smith was among 43 Republican Senators who last week signed a letter to Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) demanding the Senate uphold its constitutional responsibility to properly adjudicate the U.S. House of Representatives’ impeachment of Mayorkas.

In February, the House approved two articles of impeachment against Mayorkas:

  • Article 1:  Alleges that Secretary Mayorkas willfully and systematically refused to comply with federal immigration laws. 
  • Article 2:  Alleges that Secretary Mayorkas breached the public trust by lying to Congress and hindering investigation into the Department of Homeland Security.