Actor Antonio Sabato Jr. tells Newsmax TV he's tough on immigration reform and strongly supports the building of President Donald Trump's proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall.
But the Italian-born heartthrob, now running for U.S. Congress in California, says he draws the line at taking on illegal immigrants when it comes to kicking out those who came to the United States as undocumented kids.
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"We spend $100 billion on immigration every single year as a country. It would only cost us $10 billion to build this wall. So I say what is the big deal here? Let's build the wall," Sabato said Monday to Miranda Khan on Newsmax's "America Talks Live."
"[But] I'm compassionate. I'm an immigrant. I moved here from Italy and we had to struggle to come to this country and we're proud Americans at this point … I think they should stay here."
Asked by Khan whether the government should offer those illegal immigrants now in the U.S. a pathway to citizenship, Sabato said, "I think so. I think that's the right thing to do."
But, he added, "I believe that at some point DACA [President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program] has got to end. We can't keep doing this for the rest of our lives."
Sabato, a model turned actor whose credits include TV's "General Hospital" and "Melrose Place," is facing off Democratic Rep. Julia Brownley for California's 26th District.
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