I did this interview with Rep. Labrador earlier this month.
(CNSNews.com) -- When asked if President Obama is failing to uphold the Constitution by issuing work permits to individuals who are in the country illegally, Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) responded: "Absolutely."
Labrador’s remarks came after a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday on the lack of interior enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws.
CNSNews: “Do you believe that illegal immigration is a crime?”
Labrador: “You know, it’s illegal to be in the United States illegally.”
CNSNews: “The Constitution says that the President needs to faithfully execute the laws of the nation. Is he failing in that duty by issuing work permits to illegal aliens?”
President Obama re-affirmed his belief that his November executive actions on immigration were “the lawful thing” to do as he discussed his budget plan before members of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Monday.
Obama’s executive actions granted deferred deportation to millions of illegal aliens currently living in the United States, shielding them from deportation while also granting them the right to work in the U.S.
In the Constitution, Article 2, Section 1, Clause 8, says of the president: "Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation: -- 'I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.'"
Article 2, Section 3 states that the president "shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed."