Sen. Alexander: Trump ‘Is Supposed to Faithfully Execute the Laws of the Country -- That's Right’

By Cody Leach | June 21, 2019 | 5:28 PM EDT

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – When asked about President Donald Trump’s constitutional authority to enforce immigration laws, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said, “that’s right,” under the Constitution, the president “is supposed to faithfully execute the laws of the country.”

At the Capitol on June 20, CNSNews.com asked Sen. Alexander, "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?"

The senator said, "Well, the president is supposed to faithfully execute the laws of the country -- that's right."

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

The costs to taxpayers of illegal immigration at the federal, state, and local level is estimated to be $116 billion, reported FAIR.

On Thursday, U.S. Border Patrol 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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