The conditions at the US-Mexico border were cited by California Rep. Kevin McCarthy as the reason for his call for the resignation of the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

During a visit to El Paso, Texas, with six other Republicans, McCarthy said that the nation has never been more at risk due to illegal border crossing.

The highest-ever number of southwest border interactions with migrants was recorded last year. Over 150,000 illegal crossings have been recorded by the US Customs and Border Patrol this year.

McCarthy was concerned about the end of Title 42 at the border. The policy that allows migrants to be turned away at the border due to COVID-19 concerns is set to be discontinued next month.

Mayorkas is in charge of the country's border policy and counter- terrorism measures. Mayorkas supports reverting to Title 8 procedures for processing migrants and ending the public health measure.

"If Secretary Mayorkas doesn't resign, House Republicans will investigate every order, every action, and every failure," McCarthy said. Will we be able to begin impeachment inquiry?

—Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) November 22, 2022

McCarthy is the favorite to become Speaker of the House when Republicans take control of the House in the next Congress. GOP representatives say there is pressure to impeach members of Biden's administration.

The Washington Post reported that if Mayorkas is impeached, he would be the second president to be impeached. The secretary of war was impeached for taking bribes.

McCarthy appeared to head off criticisms that GOP leaders may politicize the impeachment process to challenge Biden appointments and policies in an attempt to stall his administration's progress. We will follow through if there is an inquiry.

McCarthy's representatives did not respond to Insider's requests for comment.