Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement in response to comments made today by President Barack Obama’s nominee for United States Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, at a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
When asked by Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) who she felt has more right to a job in this country — lawful immigrants and citizens or those who entered unlawfully, Lynch responded by saying she believes “that the right and obligation to work is one that’s shared by everyone in this country regardless of how they came here.”
“The comments of Loretta Lynch were disturbing and showed a true lack of acceptance of our constitution and the law. It is outrageous that President Obama’s nominee for Attorney General of the United States was unable to state with clarity that American citizens and legal immigrants have a greater right to work in this country than illegal aliens,” Blackburn said. “While Ms. Lynch may prefer that aliens unlawfully present in our country be willing to work, I prefer that we uphold the law. It is the responsibility of the Attorney General to administer justice in a manner that is fair and impartial. We should be prioritizing legal immigration and not incentivizing unlawful behavior.”
Blackburn recently penned an op-ed for Breitbart News entitled What About The American Worker? In the piece Blackburn discusses the impact of President Obama’s executive amnesty on the American worker and how lawful Americans are being betrayed by President Obama’s outsourcing of jobs to illegal aliens.