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Loretta Lynch: Immigrants? Yes. Marijuana? No.

We’re confirming a new Attorney General this week, and already, Loretta Lynch’s hearings are off to a rousing start as we discover that, yes, it actually is possible to do worse than Eric Holder. Unfortunately, rumor has it, behind the scene, most of the committee members have already agreed to confirm her, but that’s not stopping them from having a little bit of fun before they officially close the books on her nomination process.

Yesterday, Ms. Lynch was asked her opinion on hot button topics like immigration, which, it turns out, she’s reticent to enforce the Federal law on. At least, that’s what it seems like from this line of questioning from Sen. Jeff Sessions. 


Let me ask you this: In the workplace of America today when we have a high number of unemployed, we’ve had declining wages for many years, we have the lowest of Americans working, who has more right to a job in this country? A lawful immigrant who’s here, a green-card holder or a citizen, or a person who entered the country unlawfully?


Well, Senator, 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 here, regardless of status, I would prefer that they be participating in the workplace than not participating in the workplace…


So you think that a person that’s — anybody that’s here lawfully or unlawfully is entitled to work in America?


Senator, I’m not sure if I know — if I understand the basis for your question as — as to whether or not there’s a legal basis for them to work or not.

Of course, the obligation to work and the right to work are two very different things. It’s obvious, or at least it was obvious historically, that people should want to contribute meaningfully to society rather than sit around and watch television all day. And, as a country where tax revenue is urgently needed in order to support massive Federal government program expansions, any contributing member of society who is also willing to pay taxes (and, for that matter, vote in a particular way), is welcomed into the loving bosom of the Obama Administration with open arms. But whether people who come here illegally have the right to be employed? That’s a different question altogether.

She does acknowledge, later in the string of questioning, that there are laws governing whether employers can hire foreign workers without a work visa, and that there is a program in place for employers to verify citizenship, but she stops short of making any outstanding proclamations on the subject of hiring undocumented workers altogether. But she also insists that Obama’s executive amnest wasn’t amnesty, since it can, theoretically, be undone. Best analysis here? She’s fully on board with the company line. 

As the company line pertains to marijuana legalization or, at least, Federal non-enforcemnt of drug laws in states where marijuana has been legalized, she differs slightly from the White House view.

During her hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) asked, “Do you support the legalization of marijuana?”

“Senator, I do not,” Lynch replied…

When Sessions asked Lynch if she agreed with Obama’s remarks about his marijuana use, she appeared to take a harder line than the president.

“I certainly don’t hold that view and don’t agree with that view of marijuana as a substance,” Lynch said. “I think the president was speaking from his personal experience and personal opinion, neither of which I’m able to share. But I can tell you that not only do I not support legalization of marijuana, it is not the position of the Department of Justice currently to support legalization, nor would it be the position if I were confirmed as attorney general.

If she were confirmed as Attorney General, of course, she would select the Department of Justice’s position on the matter. And, it seems, where states rights are concerned, she closes the door on voters who disagree with her. Holder has refrained from enforcing Federal marijuana laws on states like Colorado that have fully legalized marijuana use, but it doesn’t seem like Loretta Lynch would be on the same page. 

Obviously, none of this comes as any suprise to anyone. No one thought that the Obama Administration would seek out an Attorney General nominee who would strictly enforce laws on the books while respecting states’ rights. I suppose we can always hope for a miracle, though.

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