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On Tuesday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) said children of illegal immigrants who were brought to America by their parents should get opportunities to get legal residence and citizenship.

“It is time to provide an opportunity for legal residence and citizenship for those who were brought to this country as children and who know no other home,” Cantor said. “I’m pleased that many of my colleagues in both chambers of Congress on both sides of the aisle have begun work in good faith to address these issues.”

At a major speech at the American Enterprise Institute that detailed Republican policy proposals to “make life better” for Americans, Cantor called on his colleagues in both chambers of Congress on both sides of the aisle to address this issue and urged President Barack Obama to lead on a bipartisan immigration bill. Cantor said one of the “founding principles of our country was that children would not be punished for the mistakes of their parents.”

This is a reversal for Cantor, who voted against the DREAM Act in 2010.

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