Sen. Crapo: Trump 'Definitely' Has the Constitutional Authority to Enforce the Immigration Laws

By Mark Jennings | June 21, 2019 | 4:15pm EDT
Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

( -- Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) told on Thursday that President Donald Trump "definitely" has the constitutional authority to enforce the immigration laws, and added that "lax enforcement" at the border is the cause of so many "difficulties we are having today." 

At the Capitol, asked the senator “Article 2, Section 3 of the Constitution says the president ‘shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.’ Do you think that the president has a constitutional duty to enforce the immigration laws on the books?”

“Well, definitely, yes,” Crapo replied, “and I think that that’s one of the more important things that we need to see focused on in our country for the last five or six years."

"One of the reasons I believe we are having the difficulties we are having today at the border is because of lax enforcement of our immigration law," he said.

A study by researchers at Yale and MIT estimates the illegal alien population in the United States to be 22.1 million.

On June 20, U.S. Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost said in written testimony before Congress that more than 593,000 people were apprehended at points of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border. She added that there were more than 100,000 documented cases of people successfully crossing the border illegally.

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