Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told voters who support deporting children covered under the DREAM Act that he didn't want their vote.
"I'm excited about giving you a chance to live the rest of your life" in America, Graham said of DREAMers.
"I embrace you, and I want you to succeed," he said, speaking at a press conference with Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.).
"To the people who object to this, I don't want you to vote for me. Because, I cannot serve you well," he said.
Graham said he was inspired to support comprehensive immigration reform in 2000, when then-presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) made it a campaign issue.
He said immigration reform is "essential" for national and economic security.
"I just don't see the upside of telling these kids they have to live in the shadows," he said.
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