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AG Nominee: ‘Right to Work Is Shared By Everyone Regardless’ of Immigration Status

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Wednesday, President Barack Obama’s nominee for attorney general, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta Lynch, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that she does “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.”

Exchange as follows:

SEN. JEFF SESSIONS (R-AL): Who has more right to a job in this country? A lawful immigrant who’s here, or citizen—or a person who entered the country unlawfully?

LYNCH: 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. And certainly, if someone is here, regardless of status, I would prefer that they would be participating in the workplace than not participating in the workplace.

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