May 28th, 2010
03:07 PM ET
5 years ago

Paul: No citizenship for children of undocumented immigrants

Rand Paul said he opposes citizenship for U.S. born children of undocumented immigrants.
Rand Paul said he opposes citizenship for U.S. born children of undocumented immigrants.

Washington (CNN) - Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul is once again making waves, this time for saying he opposes citizenship for U.S. born children of undocumented immigrants.

In an interview posted Wednesday on RT.com, a Russian television station that broadcasts in English, Paul said he favors modifying current law.

"We are the only country I know of that allows people to come in illegally, have a baby, and then that baby becomes a citizen," Paul said. "And I think that should stop also."

Paul, a Tea Party movement favorite, captured the Kentucky GOP primary last week, defeating establishment candidate Trey Grayson.

The 14th Amendment to the Constitution guarantees citizenship to individuals born in the United States, but Paul's position is not an unpopular one in Congress.

Legislation referred to as the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009, a bill that has 91 co-sponsors, would modify the Immigration and Nationality Act to prevent U.S. citizenship for individuals born to undocumented immigrants.

Paul campaign chairman David Adams confirmed to CNN that Paul stands by his comments.

Paul also suggested that immigration policies favored by Democrats are politically motivated.

"I'm not opposed to letting people come in work and labor in our country, but I think what we should do is, we shouldn't provide an easy route to citizenship. A lot of this is about demographics," Paul said. "If you look at new immigrants from Mexico, they register three to one Democrat. The Democrat Party is for easy citizenship for allowing them to vote."

On his campaign website, Paul explains his position on immigration in terms of incentives and subsidies.

"I realize that subsidizing something creates more of it, and do not think the taxpayer should be forced to pay for welfare, medical care and other expenses for illegal immigrants. Once the subsidies for illegal immigration are removed, the problem will likely become far less common," Paul says.


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soundoff (310 Responses)
  1. Ryan

    So... basically the more this windbag blows hot air – the less credible he is as someone we should take seriously? By all means dude, keep talking.

    May 28, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. Ballz Mahoney

    Sounds like a great plan to me. Why should we pay for another Country's problem? Times for hard working and tax-paying Americans aren't getting any easier. Lets take care of our!

    May 28, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. Pete

    When Rand Paul was clumsily invoking the Constitution in order to rationalize the legality of segregation, his defenders were very quick to insist he wasn't a racist.

    Yet, less than a week later, here he is suggesting that the 14th Amendment be repealed because of..ahem..."demographics". Would Paul have gone this route if talking about illegal Canadians or Irish? Probably not.

    Race baiting has been a staple of Republican politics for decades, yet they continue to be surprised at the electoral results of trying to be an all-white "big tent".

    May 28, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. grrouse

    We are the only country I know of that allows people to come in illegally, have a baby, and then that baby becomes a citizen," Paul said. "And I think that should stop also."

    So what he is saying he do want civil rights end alone with illegally citized that have baby in this country. The whole problem with these racist nuts is they can not stand any body other then a white person having rights in this country. RIGHTS FOR WHITES ONLY!

    May 28, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. Chris_VA

    I guess the constitution (and the Bill of Rights) only matters if it's convenient...

    May 28, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. n werle

    For once I agree with Ron Paul, children of illegals should not be allowed to get citizenship.

    May 28, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Pantalones

    "Once the subsidies for illegal immigration are removed, the problem will likely become far less common," Paul says."

    Get em'!!!!

    May 28, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. Kevin the K in SEA

    Mr. Paul – Why not have the courage of your "convictions" and deny anyone here from a foreign country any food or medical care?

    May 28, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  9. kdawg

    what should be outlawed is that haircut. same as my neighbor's shih-tzu.

    May 28, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    The 14th Amendment to the Constitution guarantees citizenship to individuals born in the United States, but Paul's position is not an unpopular one in Congress
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    Tea Party logic: Trample on the Constitution, and then scream bloody hell when the 1st and 2nd Admendments are questioned.

    May 28, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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