McCain on Illegals' 'Right' to Work: 'They Should Not Be in this Country Illegally'

By Rudy Takala | February 2, 2015 | 2:40 PM EST

(CNSNews.com) --  When asked if he agreed with Attorney General-nominee Loretta Lynch's statement that illegal aliens have “the right” to work in the United States, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) responded that they should not even be in the country.

At a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee last Wednesday, Jan. 28, Lynch said “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 added that, “regardless of status, I would prefer that they be participating in the workplace than not participating in the workplace.”

On Thursday, Jan. 29, CNSNews asked Senator McCain, “Do illegal aliens have a right to work in the U.S. as Loretta Lynch said in her confirmation hearing?”

McCain said, “Do they have the right to work? They should not be in this country illegally.”

Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch being sworn in at her confirmation hearing on Jan. 28, 2015. (AP Photo)

Lynch had made her remarks about “the right” to work for people “regardless of status” in response to a question from Judiciary Committee member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who had asked, “Well, the president's action would give people who came here unlawfully the right to work, the right to participate in Social Security and Medicare when Congress has not done that, allows them to stay for at least a period lawfully.”

“Let me ask you this,” said Sessions. “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?”

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