Senator Marshall Leads Historic Vote of No Confidence On DHS Secretary Mayorkas

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, M.D. went to the Senate Floor calling for a vote of no confidence against Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Alejandro Mayorkas for failing in his duties and being negligent in his duty to protect the American people. Senators Eric Schmitt, Rick Scott, Mike Lee, Mike Braun, and Marsha Blackburn joined Senator Marshall on the floor to speak in support of his measure. Unfortunately, the motion was blocked by Senate Democrats.

Senator Marshall’s No Confidence Resolution comes just before the U.S. House begins impeachment trials against Secretary Mayorkas. 

You may click HERE or on the image above to watch Senator Marshall’s full remarks. 

Senator Marshall’s full remarks as prepared:

My colleagues and I stand here today to demand accountability on behalf of the American people for the worst border crisis we have seen in history. For the past three years, Americans have witnessed the negligence and gross mismanagement of our southern border unfold- each day worse than the day before. 

The consequences of this crisis have been fatal, killing 300 Americans a day due to the drugs trafficked into our homeland. It has been costly, putting an undue burden on American taxpayers to the tune of $500 BILLION per year. And it becomes more dangerous by the day as terrorists, Chinese Nationalists, and over 1.7 ‘gotaways’ exploit our borders at a rate higher than we’ve ever seen. 

The Biden Administration has, for all practical purposes, erased our border and embraced a structure of complete lawlessness- letting our national security hang in the balance.   

Enough is enough. Americans deserve better.

I think everyone understands that when you’re running a business, you look at the numbers, you look at the goals, and when those aren’t being met, you find the problem and you address it. 

Which brings my colleagues and I here today.  

I rise today in support of our resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that the Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, no longer holds the confidence of the Senate and, more importantly, the confidence of the American people to carry out the duties of his office faithfully.

Secretary Mayorkas is derelict in his duties and has failed to uphold his oath. 

Over the past three years, Secretary Mayorkas has refused to enforce immigration laws passed by Congress, fueling the invasion at our border. He ended effective border policies like catch and release, Remain in Mexico, Title 42, and exploited parole and asylum loopholes that have allowed over 6 million migrants to live in the interior of our country without being vetted and with a court date nearly a decade away. With over 10 million illegal migrants entering our country under this administration’s watch, not to mention 1.7 million known ‘gotaways,’ the crisis at our borders dire. 

Yet, Mayorkas continues to lie to the American people, and even under oath to Congress, when he says he has “operational control” of our borders. 

Defined in the Secure Fence Act of 2006, operational control clearly means “the prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States, including entries by terrorists, other unlawful aliens, instruments of terrorism, narcotics, and other contraband.” 

To claim that he has any control, better yet, “operational control” as required by law, is not only disingenuous and insulting to the American people who are concerned for their safety and security- IT’S ILLEGAL. 

That is why Congress must step in and do the job that Joe Biden will not. 

Secretary Mayorkas has no control over the border. How can you when you have:

• Fentanyl poisoning killing 300,000 Americans under his watch? 

• We have had 33 months with more than 150,000 illegal border crossings and 19 months with more than 200,000 illegal border crossings, including a new one-month record of over 300,000 this past December- a month that historically sees a decreased number of crossers. 

• And according to his own DHS, they have admitted that they have no way to determine if these individuals have a criminal history.

• And sadly, the stories that aren’t being told enough is that right now, Secretary Mayorkas has misplaced over 100-thousand migrant children here in our homeland.

I am proud to be joined here by my colleagues in outlining the many reasons why there is no time to waste when it comes to firing Sec. Mayorkas. 

Senator Marshall closed with the below remarks as prepared:

As we introduce this historic measure, I want to close with this. 

You have nothing- if you don’t have your word. As a physician, I took an oath to, above all else, do no harm; in the military, I took an oath to support and defend our Constitution against all enemies; in the Senate, I reaffirmed my military oath to uphold the Constitution. 

Each one of these I oaths I took I have honored with integrity.

On Feb. 2, 2021, Secretary Mayorkas swore an oath to “well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter” and to “protect our country from enemies, domestic and foreign.”

With that oath, he promised the American people that he would defend our homeland and uphold our Constitution. 

My colleagues and I have outlined numerous ways Secretary Mayorkas is derelict in his duty as secretary and failed to uphold his oath. 

Mr./Madam President, We are here today because we take our oath seriously, and we will not stand idly by while Secretary Mayorkas threatens our national security and our democracy.   

For the sake of America’s safety and security, we need to impeach Sec. Mayorkas and send a clear message to Joe Biden: In 300 days, we will fire you, too.