Sen. Cardin: Trump 'Has a Constitutional Responsibility to Enforce' Immigration Laws

Cody Leach | June 21, 2019 | 3:25pm EDT
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Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.).  (Zach Gibson/Getty Images

( -- When asked about the constitutional authority of the president of the United States, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) said, "yes," President Trump has a constitutional duty to "enforce all the laws of our country," including immigration laws. He added that Trump's leadership has "not been helpful in getting Congress together on immigration."

At the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, asked, “Senator Cardin, Article 2, Section 3 of the Constitution says the president ‘shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.’ Does the president have a constitutional duty to enforce the immigration laws?”

Sen. Cardin replied, “Yes. He has a constitutional responsibility to enforce all the laws of our country.” then asked, “Right, but does the president have a constitutional duty to enforce the immigration laws?”

Sen. Cardin said, “Any, any laws of our country. The Executive Branch is responsible to carry out the laws. There are certain exceptions, there's procedures for how the president should act.”

Then, when asked, “what do you think about President Trump right now? Do you think his actions are inappropriate in regards to immigration?” Cardin replied, “I agree we need to fix our immigration system, and we need the president's leadership to do that and he has not been helpful in getting Congress together on immigration.”

On Thursday, U.S. Border Patrol Chief Chief Carla Provost told the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border Security that more than 100,000 illegal immigrants had eluded the Border Patrol after they illegally crossed into the United States.


"This fiscal year through May, Border Patrol has apprehended over 593,000 illegal aliens between ports of entry along the southwest border," Provost said in written testimony.

“In addition to the nearly 600,000 apprehensions to date, Border Patrol has documented more than 100,000 individuals who successfully crossed the border illegally and disappeared into border communities before agents could respond,” she said.

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