After Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch claimed that illegal immigrants are entitled to work in the country during a Senate confirmation hearing, Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) is calling the statements “crazy,” saying he was “astounded” by the remarks.
Here’s what Lynch said: “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 when asked by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) if illegal immigrants or citizens of the US have more of a right to work in the country.
Here’s what Vitter had to say: “No, [illegal immigrants] do not, and more importantly, the law is very clear on the fact that they do not have the right to work in the United States,” Vitter said to CNS News when asked if illegals had a right to work in the county. Vitter went on, saying “Ms. Lynch basically said illegal aliens have the same right to work in the United States as citizens and green card holders, which is just absolutely crazy and just not true. The law is very clear on that. And for her to say that is just…I was absolutely astounded.”
Vitter has said previously that he will vote against Lynch solely based on the illegal immigration issue itself, saying “It’s a deciding factor for me. I said weeks ago that I would vote against Ms. Lynch being confirmed as attorney general, specifically because of this issue. The fact that she would say something that is so contrary to U.S. law tells me she should not be the next attorney general.”