Holder: 'Pathway To ... Citizenship' 'Matter Of Civil And Human Rights' Attorney General Eric Holder at a April 24th speech to the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, "Creating a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million unauthorized immigrants in this country is essential. 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. It is about who we are as a nation. And it goes to the core of our treasured American principle of equal opportunity."