Obama Appointee: “Illegals Have ‘Earned Right to be Citizens”

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January 26, 2014 3:34pm PST

Homeland Security Secretary, Jeh Johnson had some controversial words for the United States Conference of Mayors in a speech he delivered on Friday.

Amongst his remarks was the statement that illegals have “earned the right to be citizens.” This, of course, is a huge pro-amnesty blanket statement that is meant to push the administration’s immigration agenda.

Here was the full statement:

“An earned path to citizenship for those currently present in this country is a matter of, in my view, homeland security to encourage people to come out from the shadows.”

“It is also, frankly, in my judgment, a matter of who we are as Americans, to offer the opportunity to those who want to be citizens, who’ve earned the right to be citizens, who are present in  this country–many of whom came here as children–to have the opportunity that we all have to try to become American citizens.”

Johnson also laid out his ideal plan for comprehensive immigration reform:

“Comprehensive immigration reform would also promote a more effective and efficient system for enforcing our immigration laws, and should  include an earned path to citizenship for the approximately 11-and-a-half-million undocumented immigrants present in this country,  something like 86% of whom have been here almost 10 years.”

“An earned path to citizenship for those currently present in this country is a matter of, in my view, homeland security to encourage people to come out from the shadows, to be accountable, to participate in the American experience, the American society.”

Johnson has been Homeland Security Secretary since December. This is one of his first public speeches since taking over the post.

What are your thoughts on his remarks? Have most illegals earned the right to be U.S. citizens by breaking the immigration laws that govern U.S. citizens? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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