AG Nominee: 'Everyone' Has a Right to a Job, 'Regardless of How They Came Here'

Craig Bannister | January 28, 2015
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“Everyone” has a right to a job in the U.S. – even if they’re here illegally - Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch told a Senate hearing today.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) asked Lynch if people legally in the U.S. had more of a right to a job: “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 answered that “everyone” has a right to a job “regardless of how they came here”:

“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.”