Lynch defends Obama's immigration policies
WASHINGTON - The president's immigration policies have been defended today on Capitol Hill by the woman he's nominated to be the next attorney general.
Under challenges from Republicans, Loretta Lynch defended the decision to shelter millions of immigrants from deportation, even though they live in the country illegally.
But she said they have no right to citizenship under the law.
At her Senate confirmation hearing, Lynch said that under the administration's policy, the Department of Homeland Security is focused on removing "the most dangerous of the undocumented immigrants among us."
On another controversial issue, Lynch said current intelligence-gathering programs by the National Security Agency are "constitutional and effective."
Republicans have accused the current attorney general, Eric Holder, of being too willing to follow the president's political agenda. Lynch told senators she will do her job "with integrity and independence."
She's expected to win swift approval as the nation's first black female attorney general. Lynch is currently the top federal prosecutor for parts of New York City and Long Island.