(CNSNews.com) -- Senator Mike Braun (R-Ind.) said President Donald Trump has a constitutional duty to enforce the immigration laws but that he gets very little help from Congress.
The senator added that because we have not made the “hard decisions of how to enforce the border,” we have countless illegal immigrants in the country.
At the Capitol on Tuesday, CNSNews.com asked Sen. Braun, “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, “I think he does. And I think he has been trying to do that to the best of his ability with very little help from the Congress.”
“I think folks on the other side of the aisle they believed in all of that [enforcing immigration laws] just a year or two ago,” said Braun. “Then, you know, they kind of [turned] completely against what they used to say they believed in. I think, yes he should enforce those laws and he’s got the prerogative to do it.”
CNSNews.com also asked, “Should the president deport aliens who are in the United States illegally?”
Sen. Braun did not answer directly but said, “I think that’s something he talked about doing. You can see many of the mayors and some states throughout the country are not on board with it.”
“Whether he’ll do that or not, it is sad that we’ve come to the point where we have so many illegal immigrants in the country because we have not made the hard decisions of how to enforce the border,” he said.
On June 20, 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.