“Republicans are perpetuating challenges at the border to help re-elect Donald Trump,” Democrats on the homeland security panel wrote in a report, arguing that the G.O.P. was trying to make Mr. Mayorkas a scapegoat for problems only Congress could solve.
“They are playing the political blame game to deflect attention from their failure to take meaningful action on border security and immigration legislation and provide necessary border security funding,” the report said.
Republicans argue that the Constitution offers ample latitude to impeach an official over what they call his “ill behavior” toward the law.
“His refusal to obey the law is not only an offense against the separation of powers in the Constitution of the United States, it also threatens our national security and has had a dire impact on communities across the country,” one impeachment article says.
Democrats say Republicans are bowing to the hard right by seeking to use a severe constitutional punishment against Mr. Mayorkas.
“This is a political stunt and a hit job,” Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York, the minority leader, told reporters on Monday. “The House Republicans have clearly turned their ever-shrinking majority over to the extremists, and this sham impeachment of Secretary Mayorkas is just another sad example.”