Attorney General Nominee Asserts that Illegal Aliens Have the “Right to Work” in the U.S.

Loretta_LynchAt her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee for U.S. Attorney General, asserted that everyone has a right to a job in the United States, regardless of immigration status.

In response to a question by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), “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 provided an astounding reply that demonstrates that she is either appallingly ignorant of the law or, like her predecessor Eric Holder and her prospective boss President Obama, has absolutely no regard for the law.

“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,” Lynch answered.

Regardless of what Lynch believes, the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), explicitly prohibits illegal aliens from being employed in the United States. The absolutely undeniable intent of IRCA was to protect American workers from competition from illegal aliens and to end the incentive for illegal immigration by preventing them from “participating in the workplace.”

Lynch’s words, and the policies of the administration she hopes to serve, should be chilling to anyone who believes in the rule of law and limits to executive power. If presidents and their political appointees can brazenly assert the right to carry out policies based on what they believe, rather than on what is explicitly stated in the law, then we are no longer a constitutional republic.

About Author


Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.


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    I cannot believe how useless our government is. I also cannot believe that FAIR is not interested in some major ammo against illegal immigrants taking our jobs. You go on any construction job site in Florida and the majority of the workers are of Hispanic descent, of which, the majority cannot speak English, or they speak a really bad form of broken English (what does that tell you?). When the media talks of illegal immigrants taking American citizens’ jobs, they speak of them picking our fruits and vegetables. None of them talk of our construction industry. Because Florida is a hotspot for retirees and also the rich and famous and their winter homes, Florida and our national construction industries, along with the American tradesmen who have these construction careers are suffering a huge blow. Also, our social security, medicare, unpaid unemployment taxes, personal taxes, misc. fees, etc., etc. not being paid either. I thought our construction industry was called the backbone of our economy. I know of at least four very big shell construction companies that are so blatantly obvious in their illegal business practices of using illegal immigrants for their labor forces in South Florida. Since 2008, these companies have racked up hundreds of millions, if not billions of dollars in contracts that have benefited illegal immigrant workers while putting American workers out of work. These companies have turned American Construction workers in Florida into a dying breed. These companies have stole some very high profile construction contracts from legitimate companies, such as Elin Nordegren, William Wrigley Jr., Celine Dion, Jack Nicklaus Jr. and Michael Jordan. There is also many, many high dollar construction contracts they stole of the not so famous members of the “one percent club”. I have exhausted attempts to contact government officials that can put a stop to this and will not or just don’t care. I created a website, to try and combat this issue. I wish FAIR would check out the Florida Construction Industry and bring it to the attention of our government and the American people.

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    It will do no good to look at the dems or repubs- they are one in the same. This woman is not worthy of placing her hand on the bible and swear to uphold the CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
    Her statement already says she is not going to do so.
    It is time for our self serving reps to get off of their corrupt, lazy behinds and stand for the people- starting with a stern warning to Obama.
    God help us all- we all better start learning Spanish quickly because our leaders are sure not going to stand up for us.The sheeple training is almost complete……..

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      I agree. It’s obvious to me that many of these “political appointees” (as well as Congressmen) have never read and/or understand what they’re swearing to. It is also my opinion this nominee does not intend to fully support the US citizens or those immigrants who earned their place over time and effort, in our unique American society….Non citizens, visitors or illegal criminal immigrants do not have any rights in the US although they are protected from harm by our laws as long as they do NOT violate / abuse our laws.

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    Another cronie of Obama’s. Just what this poor country needs more useless bodies. She can join the OBAMA’s in Afraica when he moves back there with all of america’s money in his pocket.

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      another LAWLESS piece of garbage out to destroy this once fine country… suddenly NO ONE cares about the law.. but let a citizen disobey the law and you will find yourself sitting in jail somewhere.. WHY ARE THESE IDIOTS NOT HELD TO THE SAME REQUIREMENTS… I am sick of our government trampling on our laws and on the rights of the citizens… they have STEALING OUR rights and giving them to illegals who broke the laws .. have NO respect for this country or its citizens… and definitely NO respect for the laws here…
      they should NOT be rewarded for breaking the laws… they want to be here and work.. DO IT LEGALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      YES they are in the workplace.. getting paid under the table.. and then they send THEIR money back to Mexico while the taxpayers pay for their medical, education, etc… WHY WHY ARE WE BEING SO INCREDIBLY STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I say no amnesty Our social security is broke.can’t hardly support citizens.I say deport illergal,so americans can make a living.

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      Have your SS security checked and if illegals put money in your account I hope you will be honest not to take it…will you?

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        Long time player on

        Almost all of the Social Security numbers falsely used by illegals, are from those deceased for many years…
        Not current stolen numbers used for bogus loans etc….

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    Why do they keep even considering people that aren’t qualified and obviously don’t even know what the job is? They don’t have to even consider her or talk to her, they can just ignore her and declare her unfit for the job.

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      BECAUSE OUR WHITE HOUSE IS OCCUPIED WITH THE BIGGEST LAWLESS PIECE OF GARBAGE… he cares NOTHING about the laws … cares NOTHING about the country or its citizens… they are STEALING the rights of the citizens and giving them to the illegals…

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    Paul Alexander on

    The AG of USA should be Top lawyer in the land, but she failed on the only legal question she was asked…Vote no !!!!

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      sure don’t need another lawless person in office..

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    The question NOT asked is has ***** read and understand the law currently on the books? Not her interperation but actual statement. The answer is obviously NO. How can someone who hasn’t read or understand the law be Chief of Law Enforcement of the law? More important, what does the law say about employers who hire illegals? What is the statement of law on hiring and what are the penalties? ***** obviously doesn’t know or chooses to ignore for political reasons. Just another Obola AA quota.

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    If this is the best candidate the administration can put forth, I say “Let’s not have an Attorney General until Obama is out of office”. Also, I would hope that the Republicans would not cave in it’s efforts to defund the President’s unlawful executive action on immigration. As a long time former Democrat myself, I am appalled at this President’s blatant disregard for the Constitution, and the laws of this nation. If the Republicans want to have any chance of regaining the White House in 2016, they must stop pandering to the will of a lawless POTUS. Then and only then will WE THE PEOPLE stand with you.

    Rob Out!

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    It is clear that obama and his picks for anything are in favor of cutting the middle class down to the same level as the lower class simply by flooding the job market with illegals.
    if the repubilcans that we put in office to stop him do nt do that we are going to be in big trouble.

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    These temporary hacks called polititions know full well what they are doing. This is not something where they are ignorant of the law, this is being done deliberately. The liar inchief is also knowlegable of the law and the Constitution and ignores the law and the Constitution.
    What we need is another revolution just like the one we had back in the day when “We The People” meant something.
    As of now we are being pushed aside and completely ignored, not just by the demcRATS, but also by the rePUBICans.

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    We need to clean out the white house and take out all of Obama’s appointees, they are all ignorant of the laws of the U.S.. Every law they put forth is contradictory to the laws of the U.S. and is detrimental to the legal U.S. citizenry

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      Obama is the biggest lawless piece of garbage this country has ever seen… he is stinking up the white house and it’s time to DUMP the trash into the trash bin…
      it is DISGUSTING that the president who is suppose to be representing the citizens of the country, cares NOTHING about the citizens or this country and its laws… he tramples on the constitution and on the rights of the citizens… he is a huge disgrace to the office of president!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I’m sure the one question that has not been asked of her is, “This Committee and the American public would like to hear your definition of the word ILLEGAL, this committee knows the meaning and I’m sure the vast majority of Americans know the meaning, we are very interested in knowing what your definition is”. this is all that has to be asked of her.

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    If you’re not a legal citizen of this country…you have NO rights!!!! NONE!!!! The Constitution does not apply to you, nor do our civil rights laws!! If you’re here illegally you are BREAKING our laws and should be deported ASAP!!!!!!

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    Another “right” that is just claimed to exist, with no foundation. Like everything to do with immigration in this administration, it’s just created out of thin air. Why have laws? Why have a constitution? This administration only follows those laws with they agree with. The rest they counteract with a “memo”.

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    Lack of Backbone

    Intelligence too, describes any American putting foreigners on a flat table with legal citizens in the America’s job market. Its off the Richtor Scale.

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    David Tysinger on

    Do not allow her to be put in that office no difference than what we have. If you are illegal you have only one right that is to be deported or jailed

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    We can’t have another A.G., the top cop by the way, who has complete disregard for the laws of the land, or ignorant of them. Nothing in the constitution says everyone here has the right to a job. We have the responsibility to have a job. Some jobs come with no pay, like stay at home moms and people who can afford to donate their time. If we had the right to a job, my son would not have such a difficult time getting one. He is a legal citizen and get’s beaten out of jobs at WalMart for example because he doesn’t speak Spanish. Oddly enough though, they had no problem hiring people who could ONLY speak Spanish not to long ago. This is only one example. The Senate had better NOT confirm her. I look forward to getting rid of Holder, but replacing him with another empty suit with no respect for the laws of the land and the actual citizens, only prolongs the torture, corruption and incompetency in the office of the Attorney General.

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    She evidently regards federal law the same way obama does, but what else would you expect from his appointee? Both have no regard for the law.

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      We sure need someone who represents the citizens and NOT the illegals.. how did the illegals get to be more important in this country then the citizens…??!!!!
      we have a government who has NO backbone, no respect for the laws, no respect for the country and NO respect for the citizens anymore… it’s all about themselves and their special interest groups, the lobbyists etc… our government is lawless and corrupt.. we need to totally clean house… time to take out the lawless garbage that is stinking up the white house and the rest of the government offices

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    She as well as Obama and Holder need to be held accountable for not upholding our IMMIGRATION LAWS. They took and OATH to do so and we EXPECT and DEMAND they do that. They should NOT be in office if they don’t.

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    More ignorance, just what this country does not need! Haven’t we endured enough from AH Eric already?