Sparks flew during a House Homeland Security Committee hearing when Democrat Rep. Dan Goldman attempted to defend President Biden and Homeland Security’s Alejandro Mayorkas’ border policies.
Goldman represents New York, a sanctuary state. Interestingly, New York City Mayor Eric Adams and Gov. Kathy Hochul have pleaded with President Biden to stem the flow of immigrants.
During the House Homeland Security Committee hearing, Rep. Michael McCaul, a Republican from Texas, accused Mayorkas of “aiding and abetting the deaths and the criminal enterprise” due to his border policies.
McCaul attributed the spike in drug and criminal activity, fentanyl deaths and human trafficking to Biden administration policies.
During Wednesday’s hearing, Goldman pushed back, telling McCaul it was “inappropriate to make such an accusation,” according to the Daily Caller.
The comment was not well received, prompting McCaul to highlight Mayorkas’ “dereliction of duty.”
“I think it’s incredibly dangerous to accuse Secretary Mayorkas of aiding and abetting crimes,” said Goldman.
“As you well know,” he continued, “you need to have the intent to do that.” Whether you disagree or not with Secretary Mayorkas’ approach to dealing with the border, to accuse him of aiding and abetting crime is very serious, and is unwarranted in this situation.”
McCaul pushed back: “I live in a border state, you don’t. I’ve dealt with this issue for 25 years. I’ve never seen it this bad.”
“It’s his dereliction of duty that has created this problem in the United States,” McCaul said while pointing accusingly at Mayorkas. “Seven million people … no legal status, human trafficking, fentanyl. We’ll disagree on this one, but I have to say that the change of policy has created this problem — and [Mayorkas] knows better.”
Rep. Mark Green, the Homeland Security Committee chair had to intervene and end the heated exchange.
After comments by Green, Mayorkas and FBI Director Christopher Wray continued their testimony.
Following the exchange, Goldman filed a “Hurt Feelings” report, prompting ridicule on many social media channels.
Notably, several members of Congress have threatened to bring legal action against both Wray and Mayorkas. An official move to impeach Mayorkas is reportedly forthcoming.
In separate action, Republicans in the House recently voted to reduce Biden-appointed Director of Transportation Pete Buttigieg’s salary to $1, reportedly for poor performance.
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