(CNSNews.com) – When it comes to the Constitution and illegal immigration, Sen. Angus King (I-Me.) said President Donald Trump, like President Barack Obama, is moving “to enforce” immigration law. He stressed, however, that law enforcement can use discretion in cases of deportation.
At the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, CNSNews.com asked Sen. King, “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? If yes, should the president deport immigrants who are in the United States illegally?”
Sen. King said, “Well the prosecutor of any -- the people that are charged with the enforcement of any law, there is always prosecutorial discretion in terms of how they proceed.”
“For example, you spend a lot more time on serious criminal offenses than you do on minor offenses,” he said. “So, any executive has that kind of prosecutorial discretion, [it] is not black and white.”
“So, I believe that the president is moving, just as President Obama did, to enforce the law, particularly against those who present a significant danger to the country.”
A 2018 study conducted by researchers at Yale University and MIT estimated the illegal immigrant population in the United States to be 22.1 million.
On June 20, U.S. Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost said in written testimonybefore Congress that more than 593,000 people were apprehended at points of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border. She added there were more than 100,000 documented cases of people successfully crossing the border illegally.