In November 2014, President Barack Obama announced his plan to provide protection from deportation to some 5 million Americans. His immigration reform decision garnered support from millions of activists and supporters across the nation, and more people continue to voice their approval of the action. The newest name to take the headlines in support of the immigration reform initiative is Loretta Lynch, a nominee for the position of U.S. attorney general.
According to The Associated Press, Lynch expressed her approval of the president’s decision during an official hearing on Jan. 29 that confirmed her nomination and candidacy for the attorney general position. She stated that she backs the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to remove “the most dangerous of the undocumented immigrants among us.”
“It seems to be a reasonable way to marshal limited resources to deal with the problem,” she said during the confirmation hearing.
Lynch went on to state that, in her position, she would strive to improve the relationship between police and minority groups.
“Few things have pained me more than the recent reports of tension and division between law enforcement and the communities we serve,” she said during the hearing. “If confirmed as attorney general, one of my key priorities would be to work to strengthen the vital relationships between our courageous law-enforcement personnel and all the communities we serve.”
If Lynch wins the position, she will become the first black woman to serve as attorney general. She will likely be responsible for deciding whether to charge civil-rights violations on the officers who shot and killed two black men: Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
As the Wall Street Journal reports, Lynch is a shoe in for the position. However, her declaration of support for Obama’s immigration reform may present some issues for the nominee. With the Senate comprised largely of republicans, many of which disapprove of the executive decision, she is facing pressure to disavow certain administration priorities, including immigration policy.
But it seems unlikely that Lynch will turn her back to her principles, which may lead to a hold-up in the Senate when time comes to make the decision. With such concerns in mind, Lynch expressed her devotion to working for the betterment of Americans.
“I pledge to all of you and to the American people that I will fulfill my responsibilities with integrity and independence,” she said.