Mayorkas back on Capitol Hill a day after Senate rejects impeachment articles against him

(18 Apr 2024)


Washington DC – 18 April 2024
1. Cutaway of Senate Homeland Security Budget hearing
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Gary Peters, Chairman, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee:
"Members of this committee, Senator Sinema and Senator Lankford, worked incredibly hard to negotiate a bipartisan border bill this past year. That would have been the most significant border bill in decades to strengthen our presence on the border. And I’d certainly like to take a moment just to thank them. Senator Lankford, Senator Sinema, thank you for your hard work and developing that compromise. Unfortunately, that compromise then moved forward. And unfortunately, I have many colleagues who like to talk about solving a problem but would much rather just throw rocks. It’s just so much easier to throw rocks than actually solve the problem. So unfortunately, even though the bill had the potential to make substantial changes in our immigration system and would have also provided critical resources for our frontline operators, Partizan politics got in the way. The rock throwers got their way as opposed to the problem solvers. These long standing challenges, however, now more serious than ever. And this budget will give us a chance to actually meet them head on."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Rand Paul, Ranking Member, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee:
"You presided over just a disastrous border. And it isn’t a matter of policy. It isn’t as a matter of you like open borders and we like, you know, a more secure border. There’s a law. We have a law. You’re supposed to enforce that law. And yesterday was a sad day because the majority went ahead and set the precedent that having lied to Congress, there wasn’t going to be an examination of whether you lied to Congress. They were just going to simply say lying to Congress didn’t rise high enough to be high crimes and misdemeanors."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Tom Carper, (D) Delaware:
"Think back on the last several weeks, months as you worked in concert with the three of my colleagues that I’ve been to, three of our colleagues whose names I mentioned, what are some of the as we turn the page, I’d say, or less is actually trying to solve this problem, address this issue and resolve it. What are some key lessons that should emerge for us from those negotiations?"
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security:
"Senator Carper, the Senate negotiated bipartisan legislation would have been transformative. It would have been transformative in two primary regards. One is the provision of resources to the Department of Homeland Security and the other departments and agencies in the federal government that administer immigration law."
6. Cutaway
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security:
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Josh Hawley, (R) Missouri:
"Mr. Secretary, I know that you think your policies are a success. You sat right there in that chair and you’ve told me over and over our policies are working. You’re on the record years and years saying that. Maybe they’re working for you, maybe they’re working for your political objectives, whatever they may be, I don’t know. But they’re not working for Laken Riley or Travis Wolf or the people of my state. They are, in fact, a travesty. What you have done is a travesty. And, sir, it is long past time for you to go. Thank you, Mr. Chairman."
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Maggie Hassan, (D) New Hampshire:
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