Historic impeachment articles against Alejandro Mayorkas sent to Senate, but will there be a full trial?

The procession kickstarted what's expected to be a short-lived proceeding.

April 16, 2024, 2:40 PM

Articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, over his handling of the border, were officially transmitted to the Senate on Tuesday.

The House impeachment managers, selected by Republican leadership, walked the two articles through the Capitol led by the House clerk and sergeant-at-arms.

The charges against Mayorkas were read aloud from the Senate dais by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark Green.

Mayorkas is only the second Cabinet secretary to be impeached in U.S. history after William Belknap, a former secretary of war, in 1876.

Tuesday's procession kickstarted trial proceedings in the Senate, where lawmakers will be sworn in as jurors on Wednesday at 1 p.m., according to Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

PHOTO: House Republican impeachment managers walk to deliver the article of impeachment against Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, President Joe Biden's top border security official, at the Capitol, April 16, 2024.
House Republican impeachment managers walk to deliver the article of impeachment against Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, President Joe Biden's top border security official, at the Capitol, April 16, 2024.
Ken Cedeno/Reuters

House Republicans voted to impeach Mayorkas in mid-February over what they said was his failure to enforce border laws amid a surge in migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. The controversial vote, which had previously failed, was opposed by three Republicans and all Democrats.

The charges accuse Mayorkas of "willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law" and "breach of public trust" -- allegations he's called "baseless."

A Homeland Security official, defending Mayorkas, said Congress should have impeached every secretary since the department’s inception if detaining all migrants is a requirement of the job -- and no administration has detained 100% of people suspected of crossing the border illegally

The House impeachment managers also include Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul and Reps. Andy Biggs, Ben Cline, Andrew Garbarino, Michael Guest, Harriet Hageman, Clay Higgins, Laurel Lee, August Pfluger and Marjorie Taylor Greene.

PHOTO: Republican impeachment managers from the House of Representatives proceed through Statuary Hall in the Capitol while transferring articles of impeachment against Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, April 16, 2024.
Republican impeachment managers from the House of Representatives proceed through Statuary Hall in the Capitol while transferring articles of impeachment against Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, April 16, 2024.
Win Mcnamee/Getty Images

Top Republicans have demanded a complete Senate trial.

"It would be beneath the Senate's dignity to shrug off our clear responsibility and fail to give the charges we'll hear today the thorough consideration they deserve," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said. "I'll strenuously oppose the effort to table the articles of impeachment and avoid looking at the Biden administration border crisis squarely in the face."

Still, chances of a full-scale trial are slim, though exactly how the impeachment proceedings will play out is still unclear.

The Senate has the option to either dismiss the trial outright or to require a committee to hear it instead, which Democrats are largely expected to pursue.

PHOTO: Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testifies before the House Committee on Homeland Security during a hearing on "A Review of the Fiscal Year 2025 Budget Request for the Department of Homeland Security" on Capitol Hill, April 16, 2024.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testifies before the House Committee on Homeland Security during a hearing on "A Review of the Fiscal Year 2025 Budget Request for the Department of Homeland Security" on Capitol Hill, April 16, 2024.
Jose Luis Magana/AP

Mayorkas was on Capitol Hill earlier Tuesday to push lawmakers for more funding for the department as he testified about President Joe Biden's 2025 fiscal year

“The dedicated public servants of DHS deserve full support, and the American people deserve the results a fully resourced DHS can deliver," Mayorkas told lawmakers.

ABC News' Mariam Khan and Quinn Owen contributed to this report.

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