Eric Holder: Amnesty for illegals is a civil right

Attorney General Eric Holder addressed the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) Thursday, and included comments regarding the U.S. comprehensive immigration reform plan which most Americans would probably not agree with.

“Creating a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million unauthorized immigrants in this country is essential,” Holder said, to which the crowd replied with 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.”

“[T]he idea that people have a right to come and live in the United States is very problematic,” Steven Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies told WND.

Camarota said that sovereign nations have regulated “who may enter their territory,” and he rejects the notion of “rights” language because amnesty favors non-citizens at the expense of citizens, particularly those who are less affluent.

Holder’s remarks are even more controversial given that a Senate group known as the “Gang of Eight” currently is crafting immigration reform legislation.

Watch Holder’s remarks from C-SPAN via Mediaite here.


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