Immigration

published : 2023-09-06

GOP reps push to reduce Mayorkas' salary amidst border crisis

Reps. Claudia Tenney and Chip Roy spearhead the effort

Former Acting ICE Director Ron Vitiello discussing the border crisis at a press conference (Taken with Nikon D850)

Republican lawmakers in the House are proposing an amendment to reduce Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ salary to $1 amidst the ongoing migrant crisis at the southern border.

Reps. Claudia Tenney, R-NY, and Chip Roy, R-Texas, are leading the push to include this amendment in the Homeland Security appropriations bill.

Using the so-called Holman rule, which allows lawmakers to cut federal officials' salaries, Republicans aim to hold Mayorkas accountable for the border crisis.

Conservatives attribute the crisis to the policies of the administration, claiming that there have been at least 5.8 million illegal crossings since President Biden took office.

Tenney argues that Mayorkas should not be paid tax dollars for failing to protect American taxpayers, as the crisis affects all communities.

Rep. Claudia Tenney addressing the House during the discussion on reducing Mayorkas' salary (Taken with Canon EOS R5)

Roy stresses the need to regain operational control of the border and emphasizes that the American people should not be obligated to pay a federal official who fails to uphold their oath of office.

Co-sponsors on the amendment include Reps. Derrick Van Orden, R-Wis., Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., Russell Fry, R-S.C., Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., Bill Posey, R-Fla., Carol Miller, R-W.Va., Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., and Harriet Hageman, R-Wyo.

This move is part of the ongoing efforts by Republicans to address the administration's handling of the migrant crisis, which has become a contentious political issue.

Republicans attribute the crisis to the administration's policies, including the reversal of Trump-era policies, the expansion of humanitarian parole, and the practice of 'catch-and-release'.

Some Republicans have even called for Mayorkas’ impeachment, accusing him of a dereliction of duty and implementing an 'open-borders agenda'.

Protesters advocating for secure borders and immigration reform outside the Department of Homeland Security (Taken with Sony A7 III)

Last month, Roy demanded that lawmakers cease funding the Department of Homeland Security until necessary steps are taken to secure the border.

While the Biden administration defends Mayorkas and calls for immigration reform and increased funding for border operations, critics demand changes in the system and secure borders.

The proposed amendment marks a significant step by Republicans to hold Mayorkas accountable and bring attention to the ongoing crisis at the southern border.