Mayorkas file

FILE - Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas testifies during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on threats to the homeland, Oct. 31, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington. As Republicans in the House of Representatives threaten to make Mayorkas the first Cabinet official impeached in nearly 150 years, Mayorkas says, in a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, he is “totally focused on the work" that his agency of 260,000 people conducts and not distracted by the politics of impeachment. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough, File)

It's amazing how history repeats itself. Mark Ballard's article about the quixotic and futile effort to impeach Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was spot-on.

It struck me that a similar effort and result occurred several years ago. If we look at the article and substitute Trump for Mayorkas, Democrat for Republican, "Russian collusion" for "refusal to enforce immigration laws," and Adam Schiff/Jerrold Nadler for Clay Higgins/Marjorie Taylor Greene, we will be transported back in time.

It's like déjà vu all over again. Regarding the futility of the process, both parties initiating the action would rightfully say, "Never mind the reality of the outcome, it's the principle of the thing."

Recognizing this, let's regard this as an exercise in legislative collegiality and forge ahead together.


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