Alaska Rep. Mary Peltola voted with all Democrats and four breakaway Republicans against the impeachment of Alejandro Nicholas Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security, for high crimes and misdemeanors relating to his refusal to enforce security at the southern border, where thousands of illegal immigrants have poured through daily since President Joe Biden took office.
During one period in December, over 10,000 illegals surged through the border from Mexico, although some are from other countries, including those that export terrorists.
Normally, a measure of that magnitude in Congress would not reach the floor for a vote unless the Speaker had counted how many votes were in hand. But Speaker Mike Johnson came up short: On a vote of 216-214, the impeachment went down.
America is experiencing the worst border crisis in its 248-year history, with Biden and his Homeland Security secretary seemingly intent on bringing in a record number of undocumented and unaccounted-for aliens.
Peltola had the chance to fire Mayorkas, but voted to save Biden the embarrassment in an election year, said the NRCC, a Republican congressional organization.
“Mary Peltola cares more about saving Joe Biden’s Secretary of Open Borders than securing Alaskans and Americans’ safety from terrorists, fentanyl traffickers and criminal illegal immigrants. This is just the latest extreme, anti-border security vote from Peltola,” said NRCC Spokesperson Ben Petersen.
The four Republicans who voted against impeachment were Rep. Tom McClintock of California, Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado, Rep. Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin, and Rep. Blake Moore of Utah.
The vote may come up again on Wednesday, when Rep. Steve Scalise returns; he has been undergoing cancer treatment.