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Eric Holder: Citizenship For Illegal Immigrants is a ‘Matter of Civil and Human Rights’

During an April 24 address to the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said that “creating a pathway to earned citizenship” is a critical element of any comprehensive immigration reform plan.

He added that establishing legal status for the nation’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants is a “matter of civil and human rights.”

“Creating a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million unauthorized immigrants in this country is essential,” Holder said to applause. “The way we treat our friends and neighbors who are undocumented, by creating a mechanism for them to earn citizenship and move out of the shadows, transcends the issue of immigration status.”

“This is a matter of civil and human rights,” Holder continued. “It is about who we are as a nation. And it goes to the core of our treasured American principle of equal opportunity.”

Holder said that the reform proposals under consideration in the Congress are “consistent with these basic principles.”

Watch the clip below via C-SPAN:

Source: Mediaite

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4 thoughts on “Eric Holder: Citizenship For Illegal Immigrants is a ‘Matter of Civil and Human Rights’

  1. Anonymous says:

    Sir- Yes, as a Puerto Rican who identifies with your point of view you may be correct but from the Attorney General's perspective aren't they illegal? Did they not break the law? Is it not your responsibility to enforce the law? I am not aware of an exception clause that empowers anybody to disregard the law of the land. As our Attorney General do you not see the disconnect? As our most senior law enforcement officer you should be unwavering in the execution of your duties to uphold the law of the land, as you swore to do when you took the oath of office. Having said that, I think you would make a great politician and hopefully some day you will give it consideration.

  2. Allen Bunch says:

    Holder doesn't give a hoot about unemployed Americans. He is concerned about how "we treat our friends and neighbors who are undocumented" but not how we treat impoverished Americans.

    If Holder would do his job we would see about 10 million unemployed Americans going BACK TO WORK and paying taxes instead of consuming taxes.

  3. Richard Bundy says:

    Earn citizenship like the rest of the world, go home and come back legally.

    Most are multiple felons, with ID theft, social security fraud and i-9 perjury. Rewarding multiple felons is not the American way.

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