(CNSNews.com) -- On June 26, Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho) said President Donald Trump has a constitutional duty to enforce immigration laws, and added that, “if people are caught committing a crime or come into contact with the authorities one way or another and are not in this country legally, they shouldn’t be here.”
At the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, CNSNews.com asked Sen. Risch, “Article 2, Section 3 of the Constitution says the president ‘shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.’ Do you think the president has a constitutional duty to enforce the immigration laws?”
The senator replied, “Of course.”
CNSNews.com then asked, “Do you think the president should deport people who are in this country illegally?”
Sen. Risch said, “Well, because of the numbers from a practical standpoint, it’s difficult to get 11 million people in one place and deport them. But certainly if people are caught committing a crime or come into contact with the authorities, one way or another, and are not in this country legally, they shouldn’t be here.”
“It’s against the law,” he said.
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.
The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) estimated in 2017 that “the total cost of illegal immigration for the United States – at the federal, state, and local levels – was approximately $116 billion.”