Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch backed up President Obama on his controversial immigration executive actions during her confirmation hearing Wednesday — while going as far to say she believed in an illegal immigrant’s “right” and “obligation to work.”
Under questioning from Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who asked whether legal residents or illegal immigrants have more of a right to a job, Lynch said everyone should be able to work.
“I believe that the right and the obligation to work is one that’s shared by everyone in this country regardless of how they came here,” Lynch said. “If someone is here, regardless of status, I would prefer that they be participating in the workplace than not participating in the workplace.”
She acknowledged there’s no civil right in the law for illegal immigrants to get citizenship and that employers still have to abide by the nation’s immigration laws.
Lynch also said DHS’s effort to prioritize deportations by focusing on removing the most dangerous criminals seems a “reasonable way to marshal limited resources.”
The immigration issue dominated the opening day of the hearing.