March 3, 2024

House panel approves impeachment articles against DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

House committee affirms that Cuban-born Homeland Security Director failed to detain migrants crossing the border before deciding whether to grant asylum

House panel approves impeachment articles against DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

A Republican-led House panel approved articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Tuesday for having “willfully and systematically” flouted federal immigration laws and breached the public trust.

A Republican-led House panel approved articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas early Wednesday for having “willfully and systematically” flouted federal immigration laws and breached the public trust.

The House Homeland Security Committee voted 18-15 along party lines for the two articles of impeachment, affirming that Mayorkas failed to detain migrants crossing the border before deciding whether to grant asylum.

The articles also state that the secretary ignored records requests from the committee and misled Congress about having “operational control” of the US border and maintaining that it is “secure.”

The marathon hearing, which dragged on for more than 15 hours, saw several procedural attempts by Democrats to tank the impeachment effort, with Republicans insisting that their year-long investigation had uncovered sufficient evidence that Mayorkas violated his oath of office.

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) pledged on Friday to hold a floor vote on the articles “as soon as possible” after having released a memo earlier this month citing 64 times the Biden administration undermined US border security.

If passed in the narrowly divided House, Mayorkas would be the second Cabinet official impeached in US history — and the first since Secretary of War William Belknap in 1876.

Moderate Republicans have increasingly expressed willingness to move forward with the vote, with Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.) telling reporters on Monday he now favored impeachment.

Chairman Mark Green (R-Tenn.) pointed out that even Democratic members of Congress such as Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas and Sen. John Fetterman of Pennsylvania had referred to Mayorkas’ handling of the border as a “crisis.”

He went on to note six reports released by majority committee staff on the “costs and consequences” of the Biden administration’s border policies and hearings with state attorneys general and grieving mothers — one’s daughter was murdered by an illegal alien; the other’s died of a fentanyl overdose.

Both sets of majority witnesses urged the House panel to impeach Mayorkas, whereas legal scholars called by the minority argued the secretary’s actions had not risen to the level of “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

“For almost a year, committee Democrats have turned a blind eye to the victims of the border crisis, while berating us for spending what they believed was too much time investigating Secretary Mayorkas’ handling of the border,” Green said in his opening remarks.

“If your refusal to obey the law leads to the death of your fellow citizens, you no longer deserve to keep your job, you’re breaking the people’s trust.”

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Damning Airport Sign Proves the Biden Regime is Letting Illegal Aliens Fly Without Acceptable Identification Even as Regime Warns of Terror Attacks – Airline Travelers Are Enraged (PHOTO)

Damning Airport Sign Proves the Biden Regime is Letting Illegal Aliens Fly Without Acceptable Identification Even as Regime Warns of Terror Attacks – Airline Travelers Are Enraged (PHOTO) | The Gateway Pundit | by Cullen Linebarger

Americans are livid at the Biden regime after it has been confirmed they are letting illegal aliens board flights in droves unimpeded even as the Regime warns of terror attacks.

Americans are livid at the Biden regime after it has been confirmed they are letting illegal aliens board flights in droves unimpeded even as the Regime warns of terror attacks.

As the New York Post reported, conservative political commentator Dave Rubin noticed earlier this month while traveling from Miami International Airport a damning sign proving the Biden regime is letting illegal aliens board flights without any acceptable identification.

Specifically, it states that the Transport Security Administration (TSA) is working with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to “validate adult non-US citizen travel documentation when the traveler does not otherwise have an acceptable form of identification.” Moreover, the non-U.S. citizens don’t even have to get their picture taken.

Since illegals are not American citizens, that means they can waltz right through security. At the same time, Americans traveling domestically must show an ID card or a passport to board an airline.

Just snapped this pic. This is the state of absolute insanity happening at our airports. I’m in the Pre-TSA line, where migrants don’t have to have an ID to get through security and it’s their choice whether they want their picture taken.

There is a plan to destroy America.

Last month, Breanna Morello reported the TSA openly admitted to her that illegal aliens looking to fly commercial “without a standard form of identification may instead present certain DHS-issued forms to a TSA officer.”

This is all happening even as the Regime warns of potential terrorist attacks.

Breanna Morello on Twitter: “TSA openly admitted to me that illegal migrants looking to fly commercial, “without a standard form of identification may instead present certain DHS-issued forms to a TSA officer.”This is all happening as the FBI & DHS warn about potential terrorist attacks.@LaboscoSonya… pic.twitter.com/PdvI0KvQAa / Twitter”

TSA openly admitted to me that illegal migrants looking to fly commercial, “without a standard form of identification may instead present certain DHS-issued forms to a TSA officer.”This is all happening as the FBI & DHS warn about potential terrorist attacks.@LaboscoSonya… pic.twitter.com/PdvI0KvQAa

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The stupidity of Biden’s liquefied natural gas export pause

Last week’s White House announcement that it was pausing new permits for exports of liquefied natural gas, or LNG, is a desperate move by a desperate president

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The stupidity of Biden’s liquefied natural gas export pause

Building more windmills in the US has no impact on European demand for liquefied natural gas to power their grids

Last week’s White House announcement that it was pausing new permits for exports of liquefied natural gas, or LNG, is a desperate move by a desperate president. Its principal beneficiaries are likely to be Vladimir Putin and Hamas-harboring Qatar, rather than Joe Biden’s faltering re-election campaign. The president’s political calculation is overt. “We will heed the calls of young people and frontline communities who are using who are using their voices to demand action,” Biden says. “The pause on new LNG approvals sees the climate crisis for what it is: the existential threat of our time.” 

From a national security perspective, the pause is extraordinarily damaging. Indeed, the White House acknowledges that there could be adverse implications for national security from restricting LNG exports, as the pause provides for an exception for “unanticipated and immediate national security emergencies.”

As the White House hoped, the response from climate activists was little short of ecstatic. “The Biden administration is listening to the calls to break America’s reliance on dirty fossil fuels,” the Sierra Club’s Ben Jealous said. “If we want to enhance energy security, create jobs, and prevent environmental injustice, we should be making investments in cheaper, readily available renewable energy,” Al Gore posted on X. Natural gas exports “pollute more than coal,” Senator Elizabeth Warren claimed, backed up by fellow senator, Oregon’s Jeff Merkley, who also said LNG exports are worse than coal.

All these comments overlook an obvious fact: American exports of LNG are made to meet overseas demand. Building more windmills in America, as Al Gore suggests, has no impact on European demand for natural gas to power their grids when there isn’t enough wind. The point is so basic it doesn’t need a pause to figure it out. If American producers of natural gas are prevented from meeting European demand, it doesn’t mean their demand magically disappears. It means they’ll import more gas from other suppliers, such as Qatar. Insofar as restricting US exports of natural gas drives up world prices, it benefits producers such as Russia’s Gazprom. 

On CNBC, energy secretary Jennifer Granholm attempted to justify the pause on the grounds that the last assessment was in 2018, since when LNG exports have soared. Never mind that since 2018, war has broken out in central Europe and America’s European allies have been desperately seeking to end their dependence on imported Russian gas. 

U.S. Energy Secretary Granholm on LNG export pause: A ‘temporary’ pause so we can have an assessment

U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm joins ‘Squawk Box’ to discuss the Biden’s administration’s decision to temporarily pause pending decisions on the export of liquified natural gas (LNG), what it means for current exports and projects under construction, and more.

In 2019, Russia piped around 16 billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d) of natural gas. Last year, American exports of natural gas ran at just under 12 bcf/d, around two thirds of which was exported to Europe. Despite the huge increase in US LNG exports, they have not been sufficient to free Europe from importing Russian gas. 

According to the president of Eurogas trade body, James Watson, there is still nearly 5 bcf/d of Russian gas that Europe would like to replace before the end of the decade, “so new US LNG will still be needed,” Watson says. “Of course, once the election is over we expect the LNG export licenses should once again be granted.” Someone is being duped. Eurogas president Didier Holleaux goes further. It is essential that the US stands with Europe at a time of war, Holleaux argues, and does not “deliberately” spark new period of price volatility by policy-driven LNG shortages. With shipments of Qatari LNG threatened by Houthi drones and missiles, the timing of Biden’s LNG pause could hardly have been worse in terms of transatlantic solidarity.

It took too long, but Europeans learned the hard way that Putin deploys Russian gas supplies to Europe as an instrument of geopolitics, something the Soviet Union never did throughout the years of the Cold War. At the beginning of 2009, Putin abruptly reduced Russian exports of natural gas to Ukraine and Europe. “It is the cut-off that everyone remembers and that has shaped behavior ever since,” Thane Gustafson wrote in his 2020 book The Bridge. In 2022, Putin drastically reduced gas supplies in an attempt to soften up European resolve to support for Ukraine. Two years later, Biden’s response is his LNG pause.

In the near quarter of a century that Putin has been in power, the West has had only one leader who had an understanding of the strategic importance of energy to match Putin’s. Donald Trump’s doctrine of American energy dominance marked a clean break from previous administrations in recognizing the economic and strategic potential of America’s vast reserves of hydrocarbon energy. “We will embrace America’s energy dominance because unleashing abundant energy resources stimulates our economy,” Trump’s December 2017 National Security Strategy stated. “The United States will help our allies and partners become more resilient against those that use energy to coerce.” 

Trump understood the energy threats to America’s allies. Biden ignores those threats and undermines America’s allies. There could hardly be a clearer contrast between Trump’s energy dominance and Biden’s energy isolationism.

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