Sen. Ernst: 'Everybody has the Constitutional Duty to Enforce the Immigration Laws'

By Liam Sigler | June 20, 2019 | 4:55pm EDT
Sen. Ernst (R-Iowa) (Chris Kleponis - Pool/Getty Images)

( -- The Constitution says that the president shall ensure that "the laws be faithfully executed," and when it comes to immigration law, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) said it is imperative that everyone takes part in border enforcement.

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

Sen. Ernst said,  “I believe everybody has the constitutional duty to enforce the immigration laws, absolutely.”

It is estimated that 30 million illegal aliens are in the United States.

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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