Paying the college tuition of children brought over to the United States illegally is necessary because they are members of our society and the country will be better off if they are educated, says John Cahill, the New York Republican candidate for attorney general.
"The Dream Act is about education. It is not bestowing upon them, if you would, constitutional right," Cahill told J.D. Hayworth and Francesca Page on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV on Thursday.
"We are giving them a privilege by attending our schools, absolutely," he explained. "By equipping these individuals as members of our community with a better education, it's only going to pay off in the long run for our state and for our country."
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However, Cahill doesn't believe the children of illegal immigrants should get full citizenship rights.
"I'm not advocating [giving] them access to the ballot box at all, but I am advocating equal opportunity because they are going to be members of our society for a very long time," the New York Republican said.
"These children are here by nothing of their own volition," he said. "It was their parents who brought them here to this country and they're going to be part of our society here in New York for the foreseeable future."
Cahill explained that this issue is personal to him because he comes from a family of immigrants that came over from Ireland.
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