(CNSNews.com) -- On Wednesday, Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.) told CNSNews.com that the president has a constitutional duty to enforce immigration laws, adding that individuals who go through due process and are not allowed to stay in the country “need to be removed.”
At the U.S. Capitol, CNSNews.com asked Sen. Lankford, “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 duty to enforce the immigration laws?”
Lankford responded, “Yes, the president always does--enforce all laws.”
When asked whether he believes the president should deport aliens who are in the United States illegally, the senator said, “Yes. So, the president's focus is not just deporting people, it’s identifying individuals that the courts have already given them due process.”
Lankford continued, “They’ve worked all the way through due process, and the courts have said, ‘this person needs to be removed.’ So it’s not just a matter of just removing people. He's executed the laws completely, in the sense that you walk through the entire due process, the courts have said ‘no, they don’t qualify to be able to stay for asylum, they don’t qualify for other things, they crossed the border illegally.’”
“Yes, those individuals need to be removed, even the courts have said that” said the senator. “So, if the law-setting court agrees, yes, we do finish the process.”
A study by researchers at Yale estimated that the illegal alien population in the United States was about 22.1 million. "Using mathematical modeling on a range of demographic and immigration operations data, the researchers estimate there are 22.1 million undocumented immigrants in the United States," a report on the study published in Yale Insights said in summarizing its conclusion. “Even using parameters intentionally aimed at producing an extremely conservative estimate, they found a population of 16.7 million undocumented immigrants.”
The costs to taxpayers of illegal immigration at the federal, state, and local level is estimated to be $116 billion, reported FAIR.
On June 20, 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.