President Obama’s appointed attorney general hopeful, Loretta Lynch, was being questioned by Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., where she ran into trouble communicating to the senator her opinion on immigration.
When asked if she thought citizens who have unlawfully entered the country have civil rights to citizenship, she froze. She said she did not understand the context of such a question, which forced Sessions to rephrase the question to her.
“Do you agree with that statement?” Sessions asked. “That it’s a matter of civil rights and citizenship and work authority – right to work in America – for someone who enters the country unlawfully, that’s a civil right?”
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She again couldn’t answer the question, forcing Sessions to ask it again.
“I’d just like to hear you answer that,” the senator said.
Finally, she admitted that citizenship “is a privilege” and a “right for us born here,” but that it had to be “earned.”
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The answer was what Sessions was looking for, but he remarked that he was surprised it took her so long to respond. Later in the hearing, she commented on work rights, noting that she didn’t see preference to legal citizens and that everyone, regardless of citizenship standing, had the right to work – something Sessions saw as a huge problem.
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